Motörhead’s Lemmy reveals he has switched from whisky to vodka for health reasons

Frontman cuts back on alcohol and cigarette intake following ill health

Motörhead frontman Lemmy has explained the ways in which a recent spate of illnesses have affected his lifestyle, including having to swap from whisky to vodka.

Motörhead release new album ‘Bad Magic’ at the end of the month (August 28) and will tour the UK next year. However, Lemmy’s health has deteriorated in recent years and a number of festival dates were axed this summer after the frontman suffered gastric distress and dehydration.

In a new interview with The Guardian, the rock frontman explains that he often walks with a stick because his “legs are fucked”. He remains defiant, however, calling himself “indestructable” and saying Motörhead will continue for “as long as I can walk the few yards from the back to the front of the stage without a stick.”

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In the interview Lemmy explains that he now drinks vodka and orange in place of Jack Daniels and coke – apparently in a bid to combat his diabetes. “I like orange juice better,” he tells the newspaper. “So, Coca-Cola can fuck off.”

In 2014 Motörhead pulled out of a European tour citing Lemmy’s health as the reason behind the decision. The gigs were already rescheduled once from their original 2013 dates due to the same issues.

In 2013, Lemmy suffered a haematoma, which caused the cancellation of gigs in Italy and Austria, and was fitted with a pacemaker after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat.

Motörhead tour the UK in January 2016. Starting at Newcastle City Hall on January 23 and ending on January 29 in London, the tour will see the metal band play in Glasgow, Manchester and Swindon. The full list of dates is below.

Motorhead will play:

Newcastle, City Hall (January 23)
Glasgow, Clyde Auditorium (January 24)
Manchester, O2 Apollo (January 26)
Swindon, Oasis (January 27)
London, Eventim Apollo (January 29)