Lemmy sick of “Are you going to die” questions

LemmyLemmy sick of “Are you going to die?” questions

Motörhead frontman has no intention of retiring

By David Sands
December 11, 2015

The great American writer Mark Twain commented on false newspaper accounts about dying from an illness in 1897 with the famous quote: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”

Motörhead’s bassist and frontman, Lemmy Kilmister, has responded much more cantankerously to recent speculation about his well-being.

“I’m sick of the f**king, ‘Are you going to die?’ line of questioning. It’s getting really old, that question. I’m alright,” he told Classic Rock earlier this month. “I’m going out there and doing my best.”

“I have good days and bad days, but mostly I’ve been doing alright,” he added. “The last tour of the States was very good.”

During the interview, the 69-year-old bassist also reiterated that he had no intention of retiring.

While Lemmy’s enthusiasm for being alive is heartening, it can hardly be said that he’s been in sparkling health these last few years. This summer, he called off several shows during his U.S. tour due to breathing issues, and Motörhead canceled an April show in Brazil due to his suffering from “tummy problems.” Last year, the mutton-chopped metal icon also pulled out of a series of European shows on the advice of doctors concerned about possible health issues related to diabetes.

In more upbeat Lemmy news, the Motörhead frontman received the Bass Player “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the annual Bass Player Live! concert in Los Angeles last month. That honor was presented by Metallica bassist and Jaco film producer Robert Trujillo. Although Lemmy appeared grateful for the award, his acceptance speech was little more than a brief “thank you” to the audience.

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