An update on the Lemmy Facebook page has been posted, regarding the MOTORHEAD frontman’s recent health problems. You can read what manager Todd Singerman stated below from a recent interview:
In June last year, Motorhead front-man, Lemmy Kilmister was taken ill with a haematoma caused by a fall. This combined with the singers unhealthy lifestyle and other health problems – he was fitted with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator for an irregular heartbeat shortly before the fall – led to the cancellation of several tour dates. A brave, but premature return to the stage followed, with a performance at Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. Unfortunately, Lemmy was still not feeling on top form and the set was cut short. At this point, Motorhead decided to cancel the rest of their summer shows so that Lemmy could recover properly.
Since the band announced their temporary hiatus from touring numerous reports on Lemmy’s health,some conflicting, have surfaced.
The latest update came from Motorhead manager Todd Singerman who talked to Decibel about Lemmy’s trouble with breaking his old hard drinking habits:
”[Lemmy’s] been up and down. He’s got a really bad diabetic problem, and it changes on a daily basis. A lot of it is just fighting the bad habits, the things that he’s not supposed to do anymore. He’s stopped smoking, but he probably sneaks Jack and Coke here and there. He’d be lying to you if he said he stopped. He’s been trying to substitute it with wine, and I’m sure he’s slowed down on the speed. He thinks wine’s better than Jack, but it’s still got tons of sugar, you know? He doesn’t grasp that he’s just trading one demon for the other. That was the compromise with the doctors, by the way — trade the Jack for the wine. But he doesn’t tell them he’s drinking two fucking bottles, either. These are the battles we’re up against. Keep in mind, he’s been doing all this stuff on a daily basis since Hendrix. And it’s coming to roost. It’s sad for him, because he’s gotten away with this stuff for all this time.”
“I made them cancel [the European tour], because Lemmy’s not ready. He didn’t wanna cancel. But what was gonna go down is what happened in Europe over the summer. See, he fucked up in Europe. He was supposed to rest for three months, and he refused. He ended up doing that show [Wacken Open Air in August], which he wasn’t supposed to do, and it ended up being 105 degrees out there. He’s playing direct in the fucking sun. The only thing I’m proud of him for is stopping when it didn’t feel good. That was smart of him. The bottom line is that he needs to find a balance and then live that balance for a few months. But we can’t find the balance yet. He has great days and then he fucks it up. And when you fuck up, you go backwards.”