Motorhead shout down Lemmy health rumours
Motorhead have confirmed that mainman Lemmy Kilmister is alive and well, despite rumours to the contrary.
Gossip started circulating when the band were forced to cancel two shows earlier this week after he suffered a haematoma – an internal swelling of blood.
And even though they’ve called off a third show, schedule for tonight at the Full Force Festival in Germany, a strongly-worded statement tells fans there’s nothing to worry about.
Motorhead say: “We are happy to announce that despite rumours to the contrary, Lemmy is alive, breathing, talking, f**king, drinking, eating, reading and will be back to playing shows shortly.
“As reported, he did undergo a Motor-pit-stop for some medical maintenance this past spring, and the timing of his recent illness was unfortunate in that it came so soon after that.
“Lemmy and co believe in the ‘keep calm and carry on’ way of thinking. Fans can anticipate more Motorhead live action this summer.”
In the current edition of Classic Rock, on sale now, guitarist Phil Campbell explains that despite Lemmy being fitted with a defibrillator as a result of heart problems, the band are planning to stay around a little longer.
Campbell says: “I’d like to think we’ve got at least a couple more albums left in us. We’ve decided the next one will be a covers album – each of us will bring in three cover songs and the other two will have to do them without argument.”
Motorhead release new album Aftershock – described as “the most exciting in years” – in September. It contains 13 tracks including Dust And Glass, Knife, Going To Mexico, Lost Woman Blues, Death Machine and Heartbreaker.
Motorhead and Saxon UK tour
Nov 13: Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Nov 14: Newcastle City Hall
Nov 16: London O2 Academy Brixton
Nov 17: London O2 Academy Brixton (without Saxon)
Nov 19: Wolverhampton Civic Call
Nov 20: Manchester O2 Apollo
Nov 22: Glasgow O2 Academy