Motorhead star Lemmy has credited fellow rocker SLASH with helping him through his recent health crisis. The band axed a European tour last year (13) due to the veteran rocker's health scare, and he subsequently underwent heart surgery. Lemmy was left out of action for months as he recovered, and a planned comeback at the beginning of the year stalled when he fell ill again.
The veteran rocker is now bouncing back with a number of summer gigs with Motorhead, and he has credited former Guns N' Roses star Slash with helping him through the difficult times.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "He was at my house more than he's ever been before, encouraging me. He's a really f**king good guy."
Lemmy goes on to insist he is prepared to give up his music career if he finds himself unable to perform properly, adding, "You should deliver. But if I can't deliver, I'm never going to be a figurehead up there and just play for money. I could never do that. I've seen people do it, and it's just frightful. I'm old, you know. In two years I'm 70, which is ridiculous. How did that happen to me?"
Veteran rocker Lemmy is on the road to recovery after a bout of ill health, according to his Motorhead bandmate Mikkey Dee. The heavy metal band postponed a European tour last summer (13) after the frontman underwent heart surgery, and they put plans for a February (14) return to the stage on hold again as the singer was still not well enough to play.
However, drummer Dee reveals his bandmate is steadily recovering and demonstrated his improving health during a three-week tour of America in April (14) and May (14).
Dee tells Kaaos TV, "It's (Lemmy's health) much, much better. He's been good for a while. He's working hard on his health. We just did three weeks in the U.S. He's up and about. It's more to get going again. It's for the whole band. We've never been off eight months. But Lemmy's much better, and he played great when we did this U.S. leg, so I really hope that he can stay healthy. And he looks good, so that's all I can say. And he's working very, very hard on it, too, so all the best."
Motorhead are scheduled to kick off their postponed European tour in Italy in June (14).
Motorhead rocker Lemmy is having a bronze-coloured sculpture of his own head shipped to his California home from his native Wales. The artwork was crafted by Nick Elphick, who wanted to commemorate Lemmy's connection to the Welsh town of Llandudno. The bass guitarist moved to Wales at the age of 10.
Megadeth and Anthrax have joined Motorhead's heavy rock cruise. MOTORBOAT will set sail to Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico from Miami in September (14).
Dubbed "the loudest boat in the world", the cruise will also feature performances by Zakk Wylde, Danko Jones and Fireball Ministry.
Motorhead founder Lemmy Kilmister says, "This will be everything you've come to expect from a night out with us, except even louder, with more great bands and no way of escaping! If you thought waves could rock a boat, you've got another thing coming with this lovely little outing!"
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine adds, "There never has and never will be another cruise like Motorboat cruise. Come on a thrashing voyage with Motorhead, Megadeth, Anthrax, Zakk Wylde and all Lemmy's friends. This is the coolest way to ever see a metal concert."
Motorhead's longtime manager Todd Singerman has expressed his concerns for frontman Lemmy's health, insisting the rocker doesn't seem to grasp the concept of a healthier lifestyle as he battles back from a heart scare last year (13). Lemmy was forced to scrap a series of gigs after he was diagnosed with a severe haematoma and underwent heart surgery to have a pacemaker fitted, and as he plans a comeback with a series of gigs in 2014, his manager admits he's worried about the rocker.
Singerman reveals Lemmy has cut back on his heavy drinking, but he fears it is not enough.
He tells America's Decibel magazine, "He’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 fighting the bad habits, the things he’s not supposed to do any more. He’s stopped smoking, but he probably sneaks Jack (Daniels) and coke (Coca-Cola) here and there. He’d be lying if he said he’d stopped.
"He’s been trying to substitute it (bourbon) with wine. That was the compromise with the doctors: 'Trade the Jack for the wine'. He thinks wine’s better than Jack, but it’s still got tons of sugar. He doesn’t tell them he’s drinking two f**king bottles either. These are the battles we’re up against. He doesn’t grasp that he’s just trading one demon for the other.
"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 f**ks it up. And when you f**k up, you go backwards."
Motorhead rocker Lemmy is hoping to follow old pal Mick Farren's example - and die onstage during a concert. The Deviants star collapsed and died during a gig in London last year (Jul13), and his former songwriting partner is convinced that's the way to go.
Lemmy, who suffered his own health crisis last year when he was diagnosed with a severe haematoma and underwent heart surgery to have a pacemaker fitted, tells Rolling Stone magazine, "There are worse places to go.
"It's better than having tubes up your nose. I'd much rather go dressed in my best, trying to reach that last note."
The rocker is planning a comeback this year (14) after his health woes forced him to scrap a European tour.
He says, "I think it's going to be really a joy once I get back into it."
"It isn't as much fun, but it can't be as much fun if I die. I don't believe that's much fun either." Heavy rocker Lemmy on his less wild life following heart surgery last year (13) that forced him to scrap his band Motorhead's European tour.
Heavy rocker Lemmy is set to bounce back from six months of health issues by performing at the Coachella festival in California. His band Motorhead have been confirmed for this year's (14) event, which is scheduled for two weekends in April (14).
Muse, Arcade Fire and Outkast have also confirmed spots on the bill.
Lemmy was forced to scrap concerts and appearances in 2013 after he was fitted with a pacemaker to correct an irregular heartbeat.
Motorhead was also forced to postpone a 2013 European tour until February (14) to allow the frontman time to recover.
Motorhead star Lemmy is hoping to bounce back from a recent medical crisis with a solo album full of star guests. The heavy rock icon was forced to scrap a Motorhead tour earlier this year (13) when he was diagnosed with a severe haematoma and underwent heart surgery to have a pacemaker fitted - but now he's making plans for a comeback in 2014.
The 67 year old insists he's not ready to retire from touring just yet and he believes he has a string of albums yet to record.
That includes new Motorhead material and work with his rockabilly band Head Cat, but he's currently most excited about a new solo project, which will feature collaborations with The Damned, Reverend Horton Heat, Dave Grohl and Joan Jett.
He says, "I still want to do a track with (Skunk Anansie singer) Skin before I put it out... Right now we're thinking of calling it False Teeth for the Deaf. It's just great rock 'n' roll... It's not Motorhead, but obviously there are elements in common."
Jimi Hendrix was a wannabe comedian but his drug use interfered with his joking skills, according to roadie Lemmy. The Motorhead star learned all about rock 'n' roll from the tragic guitar great - but he admits his boss' attempts at humour always fell short.
Lemmy tells Revolver magazine, "He made very bad jokes because he was so out of his mind. People couldn't figure out what he was talking about by the time he was finished."
But the heavy rocker insists Hendrix didn't need to be funny - because he was great at everything else.
He adds, "I learned about theatrics and performing. He was so effortlessly cool and he would move like an elegant spider... (and) he was certainly the best guitar player you'll ever see, probably ever."