Motorhead Drummer Mikkey Dee Has Declared The Band Is No More Following The Death Of Frontman Lemmy Kilmister.
The singer passed away on Monday (28Dec15), just four days after his 70th birthday, following a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer.
Lemmy's manager, Todd Singerman, has since revealed the rock veteran had been given "two to six months to live" when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer on Saturday (26Dec15).
Now Dee has officially ruled out any chance of a Motorhead return with a Lemmy replacement.
"Motorhead is over, of course," he tells Sweden's Expressen newspaper. "Lemmy was Motorhead. We won't be doing any more tours or anything. And there won't be any more records. But the brand survives, and Lemmy lives on in the hearts of everyone."
Dee admits he had been worried about Lemmy's health for some time as the hard-living rocker, who had a hematoma and was fitted with a defibrillator to correct an irregular heartbeat in 2013, had been struggling through their recent tour of Europe.
"He was terribly gaunt, he spent all his energy onstage and afterwards he was very, very tired," Dee recalls. "It's incredible that he could even play, that he could finish the Europe tour. It was only 20 days ago. Unbelievable."
Paying tribute to his late band leader, Dee adds, "It feels fantastic that we were able to complete the tour with him. It's heartening that we didn't cancel because of Lemmy. I'm incredibly grateful over the years we had, and that we had such a good time together."
Lemmy's death occurred weeks after the loss of Dee's predecessor, original Motorhead drummer Phil Taylor, who died on 11 November (15), aged 61. Dee replaced Taylor in the band's line-up in 1992.
Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell has also honoured the memory of the singer on Twitter.com, writing, "My dear friend and brother passed away yesterday. Life won't be the same. Thanks for all the well wishes. PLAY IT LOUD."
Tributes have also poured in from old pals including Ozzy Osbourne, Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea, Motley Crue, Foo Fighters, Dave Mustaine, Dave Navarro, Gene Simmons, Matt Sorum, Paul Stanley, Billy Idol and Fred Durst.