Motorhead Manager on Lemmy's Addictions: 'He Doesn't Grasp That He's Just Trading One Demon for the Other'

artist: motorhead date: 01/21/2014 category: general music news
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Motorhead Manager on Lemmy's Addictions: 'He Doesn't Grasp That He's Just Trading One Demon for the Other'
While Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister has often downplayed his recent health tribulations in interviews, the band's manager is offering a somewhat more grim prognosis of the situation. Speaking with Decibel magazine (via Blabbermouth), Todd Singerman has revealed that Lemmy's condition is still in flux, and that the singer is struggling to give up his vices:

"[Lemmy's] been up and down. 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 f--king 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."

Singerman also revealed that he made Motorhead postpone their European tour because Lemmy wasn't ready:

"He didn't wanna cancel. But what was gonna go down is what happened in Europe over the summer. See, he f--ked 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 f--king 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 f--ks it up. And when you f--k up, you go backwards."
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