Band disses “irresponsible reporting” over social media
By David Sands
April 30, 2015
Reports of Lemmy Kilmister’s illness are greatly exaggerated. That’s what Motörhead’s saying over social media, anyways, despite health concerns that caused its trailblazing frontman and bassist to pull out of a performance at Brazil’s Monsters of Rock festival in São Paulo on April 25.
At the time of the cancellation, rock news sites were making hay about a possible health scare, citing a Blabbermouth report that Kilmister was “suffering from gastric distress and dehydration.”
Motörhead, however, has dismissed these claims. On Monday, An Instagram post from the band told fans that Lemmy’s appearance had been scuttled over a “food related tummy problem.” The next day, Motörhead’s Facebook page said the lead singer and bassist was back in action and took a swipe at journalists and others who had doubted his well-being.
“Great Motörhead show in Curitiba,” the entry read, “great performance from Lemm, glad that stomach bug has gone and hope he doesn’t get a hang-nail tomorrow or else some people will once again be itching to over-dramatize the ‘news’!”
The post concluded with a salty hashtag condemning “irresponsible reporting.”
While Kilmister may be back on the road again, it shouldn’t come as a complete surprise that people are speculating on his health. Not only does the mutton-chopped bass player suffer from diabetes, but he also has a pacemaker and a history of heart trouble.
In 2013 he called off two European tours due to a hematoma and heart-related issues.
“I’ll never get a job again,” he told the New York Times at the time. “I’m paying for the good times, I suppose. It’s a mixture of all the things I ever did — and I did plenty.”
Over the years, the gruff rock-and-roller has earned a reputation for hard living, though he gave up smoking after being diagnosed with diabetes in 2000 and has cut back his once epic boozing.
While it bills itself as a simple rock-and-roll band, Motörhead has been enormously influential to generations of heavy metal musicians, especially those who play speed and thrash metal. Prior to starting the group in 1975, Kilmister played with the English space rock band, Hawkwind.
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