Motorhead Man’s ‘Medical Maintenance’ Message
Heavy metal icon Lemmy vowed to return to the stage shortly this week, after the 67 year old rocker cancelled all remaining dates of a European tour after falling ill with a hematoma (a potentially serious condition usually describing a blood clot found inside muscles).
A statement posted on Facebook said Lemmy hopes to be back with Motorhead ‘in full force’ in the Fall (Autumn) following additional health problems earlier in the year.
“As you may have heard, earlier this Spring Lemmy had some medical maintenance for the long-term good, He was, at that time, advised to rest, but once feeling better, he of course resumed his life as usual. He has since been advised that he should immediately take some more time to rest,” the statement said.
“It was a tough decision for me as I don’t like to disappoint the fans especially in times where economy is bad and people spent their money to see us. But sometimes you can’t do anything else than following doctor’s orders, but be sure we will be back and kick everybody’s ass,” Lemmy vowed.
“There you have it! You can now stop worrying, redirect those cards, flowers and chocolates to a loved one (who will appreciate them far more.”)
Cheerfully enjoying using amphetamines and whisky consistently throughout his career, Lemmy told Kerrang Radio in 2009 he was ‘always in control’, attributing his legendary stamina to avoiding certain narcotics as policy.
“The only thing I ever saw anybody die on was heroin, and downers, which is a longing for heroin. I never did heroin, I always had enough sense, touch wood, to stay away from it because it killed my old lady and it killed a lot of my friends, and it didn’t kill them well,” said Lemmy.
“First it turns you into a thief and then it kills you. It’s a miserable drug, I wish people would realise that,” he added.
In an interview with Steve Mascord in 1988, he was similarly candid.
“F**k this “Don’t speak ill of the dead” shit! People don’t become better when they are dead; you just talk about them as if they are. But it’s not true! People are still a**holes, they’re just dead a**holes.” http://bit.ly/122tHiA
Always outspoken in interviews he also regularly shared insights on thriving as a rock star for five decades.
“In my life so far, I have discovered that there are really only two kinds of people: those who are for you, and those who are against you. Learn to recognize them, for they are often and easily mistaken for each other,” he advised in one. And in another; “If you think you are too old to rock ‘n roll then you are.”
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