Lemmy Issues Health Update: 'It Was Nothing. I'm Over It'

Motorhead to continue in spite of drummer's concerns.

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Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister has been speaking to Classic Rock magazine (via Hennemusic) about his recent health scare. In typically unrepentant style, Lemmy simply says of his recent hospital stint "It was nothing. I'm over it." He also insists, in spite of having been recently diagnosed with diabetes and fitted with a defibrillator. "I can still stand at that mic every night and play my songs. I’m getting better. By the time the tour comes around I’ll be ready." It would seem that drummer Mikkey Dee doesn't share Lemmy's optimism, noting that he has concerns about the damage that the Motorhead main man might be doing to himself: "I think after all he’s been through, I'd say this: 'Lem, when are you going to get sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? it's time you started to take care of yourself.'" However, he might have hard time getting through to his band leader, given Lemmy's statement that "[he doesn't] like people telling [him] what to do - even if they might be right." Lemmy also noted that if the band is forced to retire from the road, they would still plan to go on recording: "Maybe we'll just make albums - we'll be like the Beatles after 1966."

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    I can see where he's coming from, I mean, he's nearly 70, why would he want to be in and out of hospitals for constant checks at this age? What's the point? He might as well rock until he drops, and he's probably got years left in him anyway.
    Agreed, at this point if he starts to try and look after himself it might actually do damage - he could upset the fragile ecosystem of JD and tobacco that resides in his body and sustains him.
    That's actually completely true, I know a friend's grandmother who's actually been advised to NOT quit smoking as it would be far too much of a shock to their system.
    I am an inactive Registered Nurse. I won't suggest that someone not take care of his health, but there is a lot to be said about the correlation between the quality of life, being happy and longevity. The best medicine for Lemmy is to do what he loves. Because if he doesn't, he's not living anyway!
    If Lemmy ever dies, it will be with dignity and a massive steak accompanied by a brick of cheese and a 5L bottle of JD.