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24th January 2014

lemmy motorhead

Motörhead have been forced to cancel their European tour which was scheduled to start in February.

An official statement reads as follows:

"Many concerted, diligent and focused efforts were made by founding member, and international icon, Lemmy Kilmister to deal with a range of health issues relating to diabetes. While there has been undoubted progress, Lemmy and the band were advised by doctors that it was still too soon to resume full touring activities, and so for the good of the future, the band and Lemmy reluctantly agreed to cancel.

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"No-one is hurting more over this than Lemmy, and he feels the aggravation and inconvenience of every ticket, and every method of transportation, already paid for by loyal fans in anticipation of the tour. Being a road warrior of over 50 dedicated, non-stop years, it is equally distressing for him to be unable to occupy the top lounge of the trusty tour bus (his spiritual home) but Lemmy recognises that his long-term health must win.

"It goes without saying that Lemmy profusely apologises for inconveniences caused, but he does want everyone to know that he is continuing on the road to a full recovery, and that the prognosis long-term is very good.

"Fans have shown tremendous support for Lemmy, and it has meant so much to him. As he told Rolling Stone: 'Oh, man, the fans were unbelievable when I got sick. No bitching. It was all, take your time, get better, don't worry, we'll wait for you, get well.'

"Rome was not built in a day... like Lemmy's health. But there is some strong light at the end of the tunnel here. We thank you so very much for your continued love, support and understanding."

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

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.

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."


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