Motörhead: 'Lemmy is alive, breathing, fucking, drinking'

Band issue update on frontman's health

Motörhead: 'Lemmy is alive, breathing, fucking, drinking'

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Motorhead have issued an update on frontman Lemmy's health.

The band have recently been forced to cancel three tour dates after Lemmy suffered a haematoma. The size, scale or location of the frontman's haematoma – where blood collects outside of a blood vessel - is not known, but the news of the medical problem follows reports that the frontman has also recently been fitted with a defibrillator because of heart problems.

With rumours circulating suggesting the band's future may be in doubt, Motorhead have released a statement.

It reads: "We are happy to announce that, despite rumours to the contrary, Lemmy is alive, breathing, talking, fucking, drinking, eating, reading and will be back to playing shows shortly. As reported, he did undergo a Motor-pit-stop for some medical maintenance this past spring, and the timing of his recent illness was unfortunate in that it came so soon after that."

It continued: "Lemmy & Co believe in the 'keep calm and carry on' way of thinking. Fans can anticipate more Motorhead live action this summer, as well as the most exciting Motorecord in years, 'Aftershock', this Fall."

Last year, Lemmy spoke out about plans for Motorhead's forthcoming 40th anniversary, which will take place in 2015. The metal legend said: "We'll think of something, we always do. Probably involving naked women or something."

He added of the band's longevity: "We've been lucky; we've been around so long people realise they can't get us to go away, so they've just decided to join us. You might not like what we do, but we do what we do very well."

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