Motorhead’s manager, Todd Singerman recently discussed the status of Lemmy’s health, saying he “trades one demon for another”.
Lemmy spent a great deal of 2013 dealing with diabetes and related health issues which led to hospital stints, rescheduled tours and even a rumor that he’d passed away after cutting short his comeback appearance at Wacken last August.
Singerman recently told Decibel (via Blabbermouth): “He’s been up and down. He’s got a really bad diabetic problem and it changes on a daily basis.
“A lot of it is fighting the bad habits, the things he’s not supposed to do any more. He’s stopped smoking but he probably sneaks Jack and Coke here and there – he’d be lying if he said he’d stopped.
“He’s been trying to substitute it with wine. That was the compromise with the doctors: trade the Jack for the wine. He thinks wine’s better than Jack, but it’s still got tons of sugar. He doesn’t tell them he’s drinking two fucking bottles, either.
“These are the battles we’re up against. He doesn’t grasp that he’s just trading one demon for the other.”
Singerman went on to say that Lemmy wasn’t fit to return to the stage when the band took the stage at Wacken. “He was supposed to rest for three months and he refused,” says the manager. “It ended up being 105 degrees out there. The only thing I’m proud of him for is stopping when it didn’t feel good. That was smart of him.
“The bottom line is that he needs to find a balance and then live that balance for a few months. But we can’t find the balance yet. He has great days and then he fucks it up. And when you fuck up, you go backwards.”
The band, who dropped the Aftershock release in 2013 will be touring the UK next month:
Feb 13: Glasgow Academy
Feb 14: Newcastle City Hall
Feb 16: Manchester Apollo
Feb 17: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Feb 19: London Brixton Academy
Feb 20: Nottingham Royal Concert Hall