2019 American Music Awards

Mikkey Dee and Phil Campbell Added to Motörhead's Rock Hall Nomination

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Mikkey Dee, Ian Fraser Kilmister and Phil Campbell of Motorhead attend The 57th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Feb. 8, 2015 in Los Angeles.

The move reportedly came after criticism of the pair being left off the original nom.

If Motörhead make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Mikkey Dee and guitarist Phil Campbell could be there to honor late singer Lemmy Kilmister. After initially being left off the roster of musicians who would be included should the legendary hard rock group make it into the Hall next year, the band's official Twitter feed announced on Friday (Oct. 19) that Campbell and Dee have been added to the list after a fan revolt over their exclusion.

"Thanks to everyone who spoke loudly," they wrote. "Thanks to the #ROCKHALL2020 for listening and adding Phil & Mikkey. All for one and one for all!" 

A spokesperson for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame confirmed to Billboard that Dee and Campbell have been added to the potential nominees list and the group's official HOF bio page now includes the two alongside Kilmister, guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke and drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor; Clarke died in 2018 and Taylor and Kilmister both passed away in 2015. Campbell and Dee were not original members of the "Ace of Spades" group, but they both spent more time in the lineup than Clark or Taylor. 

In a statement about the addition of Dee and Campbell, the Rock Hall said, "Motörhead experienced two distinct eras, first in the ‘70s and then in the ‘80s, ‘90s and beyond. Phil Campbell (guitar) and Mickey Dee (drums) joined the band in that second era and pushed their sound into new directions."

Dee, who played in the group from 1992 until Kilmister's death in 2015, told Billboard last week that his famously non-conformist old boss would likely be excited by the honor. "I remember when we won a Grammy (in 2005) he was prouder than any of us. He really glowed," Dee said. "I said, 'Lem, this is pretty fucking cool,' and he said, 'You're right, mate. This is great.' And when we got our hands in the Rock Walk on Sunset in Hollywood, that was also a moment for him, and he was really proud. And this here (Rock Hall nomination) is the king of kings, if you will, so he would've been very, very proud."  

After the initial nomination roster left Dee and Campbell to the side, Dee lashed out at what the pair thought was a glaring oversight. "That is pure wrong, I would say, and I know Phil will be very disappointed, too," Dee told Billboard. "We've been carrying the flag for 25 years together, and actually brought Motörhead to what it was. We did 25 years out of the 40. The original band lasted just a few years (Clarke left in 1982, Taylor in 1984 and returned from 1987-92). They started it off, but as Lemmy said himself they wouldn't have lasted another six months doing that lineup. I don't think we would've been where we are today without the 25 years we spent touring."

At the time, Dee said even if he and Campbell were not added, they planned to show up on May 2 in Cleveland to honor the band. "Absolutely," he said. "I think that's a must. Phil and me have to attend -- and play there, of course. It would be a real honor."

 


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