Lemmy Says He’s ‘Ready’ for Death
Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister addressed his recent health issues in characteristically badass fashion, claiming he's ready for death when it comes. The 67-year-old rocker also said he has no regrets, and has stopped drinking Jack and Cokes, on doctor's orders.
Lemmy opened up about the health scares -- which started with a hematoma earlier in the year and then a heart problem related to diabetes was disclosed over the summer -- that forced the cancellation of a tour and shortened a show a couple of months ago. "I've been poorly," he told Classic Rock magazine. "There's no point lying about it or trying to deny it. I've never done that. It's all part of life's rich tapestry, isn't it?"
That doesn't mean he'll be slowing down anytime soon. Despite friends, family, doctors and even bandmates telling him to take it easy, Lemmy said he's heard it all before. "It was the same when people were telling me to stop smoking," he recalled. "'You've got to stop smoking, Lem,' they kept saying. F--- you. I don't like people telling me what to do, even if they might be right."
He did quit smoking about a year ago, though, and he also recently gave up drinking Jack Daniel's and Coke ... because the sugar in the latter messes with his diabetes. Still, he said he's ready for whatever happens. "I'm pretty happy with the way things have turned out," he said in the interview. "I like to think I've brought a lot of joy to a lot of people all over the world. I'm true to myself and I'm straight with people.
"I don't do regrets. Regrets are pointless. It's too late for regrets. You've already done it, haven't you? You've lived your life. No point wishing you could change it."
As Motorhead gear up for the release of their new album, 'Aftershock' (which comes out next week), Lemmy said he's still capable of performing every night. But his bandmates have urged him to take it easy. Nevertheless, the band will launch a tour on Nov. 7.
Lemmy said he doesn't have time to think about the consequences. "Death is an inevitability, isn't it?" he said. "You become more aware of that when you get to my age. I don't worry about it. I'm ready for it. When I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I couldn't complain. It's been good."