When Motörhead had been nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2020, solely three members had been listed: Lemmy Kilmister, “Fast” Eddie Clarke, and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor. Drummer Mikkey Dee and guitarist Phil Campbell spoke out about their omission from that listing of members, and now, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame have added their names to the listing of eligible members on the poll, Rolling Stone reports.
“That is pure wrong,” Dee told Billboard, talking about his snub from nomination shortly after the announcement was made. “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. 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.”
There have been a number of controversies in Rock Hall historical past over which members of a band get snubbed from nomination. A few of Pearl Jam’s former drummers weren’t inducted, and neither was Bleach-era Nirvana drummer Chad Channing.
Motörhead had been nominated alongside the Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, Soundgarden, T. Rex, Nine Inch Nails, MC5, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Dave Matthews Band, Thin Lizzy, Rufus with Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Judas Priest, the Doobie Brothers, and Pat Benatar. Fans can vote for his or her favorites on the Rock Hall website. Inductees might be introduced in January.