Motorhead frontman Lemmy has spoken out following the postponement of his band’s European tour after he was fitted with a pacemaker.
The rock legend was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat and Motorhead were forced to postpone their tour until February 2014 to allow time for Lemmy to recover from his health problems. In a new interview with the New York Times Lemmy has said that he feels “really down”. The downcast frontman added: “I’ll never get a job again. I’m paying for the good times, I suppose. It’s a mixture of all the things I ever did — and I did plenty.” When asked if he’d stopped drinking, he responded: “I’ve already given up smoking. I drink wine and that’s it.”
Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell recently confirmed that the hard-living Lemmy had been fitted with a pacemaker. 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 after the band released their latest album, ‘Aftershock’, earlier this year. ‘Aftershock’ is Motorhead’s 21st studio album.