Guitarist Phil Campbell reveals that the metal singer's ill heath was behind decision to postpone tour dates

Motorhead frontman Lemmy has been fitted with a pacemaker, his bandmate has revealed.

Guitarist Phil Campbell confirmed that the hard-living Lemmy was fitted with the device after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat.

Earlier this year the band were forced to postpone their European tour until February 2014 to allow time for Lemmy to recover from his health problems.

Speaking to WalesOnline, Campbell said: “Lem had a pacemaker fitted earlier in the year because he’d been suffering from irregular heartbeats, and then his diabetes started playing him up. But his ticker’s fine now and he’s made sufficient changes to his lifestyle and diet in order to combat the diabetes, it’s just that he felt he wasn’t 100% ready to go back on the road just yet.”

Discussing how Lemmy has dealt with his poor health, Campbell admitted that it can be hard to tell how his bandmate is feeling. “The main problem is that he’s displayed such a hard persona all his life that it makes it difficult for him to let people in. He’s like the John Wayne of rock – always wanting to soldier on and handle things on his own, you know?”

Motorhead’s postponed dates come in support the band’s new album, ‘Aftershock’, which was released earlier this year. ‘Aftershock’ is Motorhead’s 21st studio album.