Motorhead Drummer: 'Lemmy is Not Doing So Well Right Now'
"He is devastated beyond belief," said Mikkey Dee as the band is forced to cancel European tour.
Posted on Jul 02, 2013 03:42 pm
Despite the group recently reassuring fans about the health of Lemmy Kilmister, it seems that Motorhead frontman is in worse shape than anyone initially thought.
Drummer Mikkey Dee gave the Swedish newspaper Alfonbladet an honest update of the entire situation, revealing that the iconic singer/bassist is "devastated beyond belief" as he faces multiple health issues.
"Everything started with him falling and getting a nasty blow to his hip a little over a week ago," Dee said (via Loudwire). "Following his fall, Lemmy had more bad luck when a fire alarm went off at the hotel Royal Kensington in London where he was staying. He had to walk eight stairs in the middle of the night. Lemmy's personal assistant said that that was f--ked up and that he had an injured hip."
The stickman continued, saying, "He needs to have his body drained of fluid and that can't be done too quickly. When he remains in bed and can't move, he can easily get pneumonia ... If you can't move properly, other issues will follow. He is devastated beyond belief. It has a bigger effect on him than it would anyone else. It's like chopping off a piano player's hands. This is his life.""I am worried because he's not doing so well right now," the drummer added. "But he's improving, even though it takes longer for him than anyone else to become well. Now that the doctors feel that he shouldn't go out an play you'll just have to accept that order."
Meanwhile, the band was forced to cancel the remainder of European tour dates, as Kilmister is clearly not capable of performing.
"The doctors in Berlin are recommending that he rests for another couple of weeks," Dee said in a separate GT interview. "We can't keep canceling show after show, it's too costly. Therefore, we unfortunately have to cancel the entire tour. There will be an official announcement regarding his health shortly ... We're really sorry. But we're not canceling because of a cold and this is something we've put a lot of thought into ... It's so f--king typical, but what are you going to do? You have to put health before everything else."
In related news, Tony Iommi talked about Kilmister in the upcoming issue of Metal Hammer, calling him a "one-off.""I remember on one occasion, Lemmy came into our dressing room with a birthday cake for me," Iommi said. "But it wasn't Lemmy as you'd expect to see him. He had on a black dress, stockings and high heels and was wearing make-up. He looked a right sight. Did I fancy him?! You're joking! It's still Lemmy! He is a one-off. We will never see his like again."
More info is expected to drop soon. The new Motorhead record, "Aftershock," is currently set for a fall release.