MOTÖRHEAD’s MIKKEY DEE Says LEMMY ‘Would Have Hated’ Charlottesville Violence
In a brand new interview with Billboard, MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee offered his opinion as to what the band’s late mainman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister might have said about the recent events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, where an August 12 white supremacist protest against the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee descended into violence that culminated in the death of activist Heather Heyer and injuries to almost two dozen others after a car rammed into a group of counter-protestors.
“Oh, he would have fucking hated it. I can totally speak for him there: He hated that shit,” Dee said. “A lot of people judged him on the fact that he collected war stuff. A lot of people did not look behind the curtain. He hated fucking 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.”
Lemmy had an extensive collection of military and particularly Nazi paraphernalia from World War II, and he had been known to wear Iron Crosses and hats from the German air force. He publicly condemned racism, claiming he “only collected the stuff” and “didn’t collect the ideas.” He explained: “I’ve got friends of all colors and religious persuasions. I ain’t got a racist bone in my body.”
MOTÖRHEAD will release a covers compilation album, “Under Cöver” — a collection of some of the band’s best covers — on September 1.