MOTÖRHEAD was forced to cancel a handful of shows on its European festival tour in August after the band’s frontman, Lemmy, suffered a haematoma (where blood collects outside of a blood vessel). The news of Lemmy‘s latest medical issue followed reports that he was also recently diagnosed with diabetes and had a defibrillator fitted because of heart problems.
In the cover feature of the latest edition of U.K.’s Classic Rock magazine, MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee said: “I think after all [Lemmy has] 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.'”
Lemmy, however, downplayed his heath scare, telling Classic Rock of his hospital stint: “It was nothing; I’m over it.”
The 67-year-old added: “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.”
Lemmy also revealed that if it comes to the point he can no longer hit the road, “We plan to go on. Maybe we’ll just make albums. We’ll be like THE BEATLES after 1966.”
In an interview last year, Lemmy told Billboard MOTÖRHEAD was looking forward to the 40th anniversary of the band’s formation in 2015.
“We’ll probably all stand in a line and let our heads explode. We’ll think of something; we always do — probably involving naked women or something,” he quipped.
MOTÖRHEAD‘s new studio album, “Aftershock”, will be released in North America on October 22.