Sad news. The band were never better.
Metal became a bit tired in the late 70s. What it needed was a bit of a speedy lift, and by golly they got it with the emergence of Motorhead. Prissy critics of ‘rockism’ could thereafter GTF. It needed the right sort of drummer – one who would be fast, loud, and hit the buggers. Being a bit of a rock n’roll character helped, too.