Motörhead‘s infamously obsessive fans have been suffering through several months worth of conflicting reports regarding the health of the band’s legendary frontman Lemmy Kilmister. In a new interview with the Full Metal Jackie radio show, the rock icon has revealed he is on the mend.
“I have been ill for about a year, but I am pulling out of it now. I am getting better now,” Lemmy said. Most fans are familiar with the rocker’s notorious hard-living style, subsisting on a diet of whiskey and cigarettes, leading many to opine that the frontman’s habits had finally caught up with him.
“It is onward and upward, you know?” he said. “Not good yet, but I am feeling a lot better than I did, which was terrible.” Lemmy has famously taken pride in living life on the road, but his ill-health forced Motörhead to cancel several tour dates in support of their 2013 album Aftershock.
It’s unsurprising then that he expressed an eagerness to get back onstage, saying “it’s about time” and that he is “looking forward to hear[ing] some of the crowds again.” He was particularly enthusiastic about the band’s upcoming MotörBoat cruise, inspired by his days seeing The Beatles.
“I used to go, when I went up to Liverpool to see The Beatles, they used to have rock ‘n’ roll cruises on these two old ferry boats. You get five bands and you go out for three or four hours and they [get up on] a stage and come back in. I used to go on those so I got the idea,” he said.
Listen: Lemmy of Motörhead on Full Metal Jackie Radio
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