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LemmyLemmy “close to death” during last surgery

Motorhead bassist, frontman wondered if he would make it

By Mindy Rochwerg
November 4, 2014

After Motorhead had to postpone its European tour in 2013, Lemmy Kilmister spent much of the last year recuperating from health problems, presumably related to years of smoking and drinking his favorite – Jack Daniels & Coke. Lemmy encountered several setbacks, including an extended stay in the hospital for internal bleeding.

According to Martin Kelly, writing for Classic Team Rock, Lemmy recently told Lust for Life:

“During my last surgery I was close to death. It was the only moment I was stalked by the devil called doubt. I wondered if I’d make it.

“I’m not afraid of death – I often sing about it. So I wasn’t shaking in my bed, but I did have the feeling I wasn’t done yet. I still wanted to do shows and make records. That feeling pulled me through all this.”

Lemmy wasn’t sure how he would meet the challenge of the Motorhead concert in Hyde Park this past July.  “I was dragged from the gates of hell to do a show for 95,000 people,” he said. “A show is a show, but this was different. Would I make it to the end, I asked myself. But afterwards I felt fantastic and there weren’t any incidents during the rest of the tour.”

Lemmy has had to make some lifestyle changes. He has given up the Jack & Coke in favor of occasional vodka or red wine, and he has given up smoking. Said Lemmy: “I had to learn to do with less. The alternative was death.”

“I’ve been smoking since I was 11, so I wasn’t really looking forward to putting out my final cigarette. I faced it like a real man – no plasters or pills, just cold turkey. I feared I’d have all kinds of side effects, but I didn’t notice anything.”

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