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20th January 2014

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A very worrying interview with Motörhead manager Todd Singerman regarding Lemmy's health problems has appeared in Decibel magazine.

The legendary frontman was diagnosed with diabetes in 2000 and last year had to have a defibrillator installed in his heart, as well as suffering from an "unspecified hematoma," which led to the cancellation of several tour dates last year, including the whole UK tour in November/December.

The band's Wacken set was cut short after just five songs when Lemmy was unable to continue and a story emerged just after the release of Motörhead's latest studio album, 'Aftershock', that his doctors had advised him to retire.

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Lemmy's excessive drinking, smoking and drug taking have been well documented over the years and in his autobiography, 'White Line Fever', published in 2002, he claims that he has been told that a transfusion of pure blood is not an option as his body is so toxic that it would kill him. This, according to the man himself, means he has created medical history.

The stories of indulgence and hedonism are incredibly entertaining but if you wander that far off the beaten track, there is inevitably a price to pay and Lemmy could be on his way to receiving a hefty bill, according to his long-time manager.

"Lemmy's been up and down," says Singerman. "He's got a really bad diabetic problem, and it changes on a daily basis. A lot of it is just fighting the bad habits, the things that he's not supposed to do anymore.

"He's stopped smoking, but he probably sneaks Jack and Coke here and there. He'd be lying to you if he said he stopped.

"He's been trying to substitute it with wine, and I'm sure he's slowed down on the speed. He thinks wine's better than Jack, but it's still got tons of sugar, you know? He doesn't grasp that he's just trading one demon for the other.

"That was the compromise with the doctors, by the way — trade the Jack for the wine. But he doesn't tell them he's drinking two fucking bottles, either.

"These are the battles we're up against. Keep in mind, he's been doing all this stuff on a daily basis since Hendrix. And it's coming to roost. It's sad for him, because he's gotten away with this stuff for all this time.

"I made them cancel [the European tour], because Lemmy's not ready. He didn't wanna cancel. But what was gonna go down is what happened in Europe over the summer. See, he fucked up in Europe. He was supposed to rest for three months, and he refused. He ended up doing that show [Wacken Open Air in August], which he wasn't supposed to do, and it ended up being 105 degrees.

"Out there. He's playing direct in the fucking sun. The only thing I'm proud of him for is stopping when it didn't feel good. That was smart of him.

"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 fucks it up. And when you fuck up, you go backwards."

Motörhead are scheduled to play the following European dates in 2014.

02/13/2014 Scotland, Glasgow Academy
02/14/2014 England, Newcastle City Hall
02/16/2014 England, Manchester Apollo
02/17/2014 England, Wolverhampton Civic Hall
02/19/2014 England, London Brixton Academy
02/20/2014 England, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
02/22/2014 France, Paris Zenith
02/24/2014 Belgium, Deinze Brielpoort
02/25/2014 Germany, Hamburg Sporthalle
02/27/2014 Germany, Munich Zenith
03/01/2014 Germany, Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle
03/02/2014 Germany,, Berlin Velodrom
03/04/2014 Germany, Dusseldorf MEH
03/05/2014 Germany, Stuttgart Schleyerhalle
03/08/2014 Sweden, Linkoping Cloetta Center
03/10/2014 Denmark, Horsens Forum Horsens
03/12/2014 Norway, Oslo Sentrrum Scene
03/14/2014 Finland, Helsinki Hartwell Arena
06/24/2014 Italy, Milan City Sound Milano Ippodromo
06/27/2014 Switzerland Eishallen Wetzikon
07/11/2014 Aix-Les-Bains, France Musilac Festival, Esplanade du Lac

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