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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



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

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