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Mikkey Dee: Lemmy Kilmister Would Have Hated Recent Charlottesville Violence

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Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee has spoken to Billboard about the upcoming covers album from the band, but during the chat he also ventured some thoughts on how the late Lemmy Kilmister would react to the events which took place in Charlottesville, Va. Earlier this month, it was there that a white supremacist rally devolved into a battle with counter protesters where a representative of the former drove a car into a crowd of the latter, tragically killing a woman and injuring many more.

“Oh, he would have f–king hated it,” Dee says. “I can totally speak for him there. He hated that s–t.”

The legendary Motorhead frontman was a noted authority on war memorabilia, in particular World War II. But Dee dismisses that as nothing more than Kilmister being a hobbyist.

“A lot of people judged him on the fact that he collected war stuff,” Dee says. “A lot of people did not look behind the curtain. He hated f–king Nazis. He hated stupidity and he was fascinated by the stupidity of the human race. He would probably write some incredible lyrics about it – he thought it was so ridiculous.”

Tomorrow (Sept. 1) will see the release of Under Cover, a collection of songs that Motorhead has taken on over the years, including an unreleased take on David Bowie’s “Heroes.” The album also features renditions of Ted Nugent’s “Cat Scratch Fever,” Rainbow’s “Starstruck” and “Hellraiser,” which Kilmister co-wrote with Ozzy Osbourne for his smash album No More Tears.

Dee is currently drumming for Scorpions on their “Crazy World 2017″ tour which kicks off its North American run next month (Sept. 14). Thrash metal icons Megadeth will be playing a rare opening slot during the run. Dee has been with the band for just under a year now. See dates for that tour here.

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