By Jon Wiederhorn
Four days after the official Motörhead Facebook page posted, "Despite rumors to the contrary, Lemmy is alive, breathing, talking, f--king, drinking, eating, reading and will be back to playing shows shortly," the band has cancelled the rest of its European tour, leading to the notion that maybe frontman Lemmy Kilmister won't be back on his feet as quickly as he had hoped.
In an interview that ran in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee revealed that a little over a week ago Kilmister suffered a "nasty" fall and landed on his hip. The injury turned into a painful hematoma, a condition where blood collects outside of the blood vessels, forming a major bruise.
The condition worsened when a fire alarm went off at the Royal Kensington hotel in London where Kilmister was staying, and he had to exit his room via the stairwell, Dee said.
"He needs to have his body drained of fluid and that can't be done too quickly," the drummer told Aftonbladet. "When he remains in bed and can't move, he can easily get pneumonia…If you can't move properly, other issues will follow."
Dee said the band will make an official announcement shortly, adding that he’s definitely concerned about his 67-year-old bandmate’s health. "I am worried because he's not doing so well right now," he said. "But he's improving, even though it takes longer for him than anyone else to become well… He is devastated beyond belief. It has a bigger effect on him than it would anyone else. It's like chopping off a piano player's hands. This is his life."
Doctors in Berlin have reportedly recommended Kilmister rest for another few weeks. At press time, Motörhead’s publicist had no further information about Kilmister’s condition.
The news of Kilmister's hematoma follows a report published in Classic Rock magazine in the U.K. that the musician was fitted with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) earlier this year after doctors detected a troubling irregular heartbeat. The device, which is a few inches long, delivers a jolt of electricity directly to the heart if it detects cardiac arrhythmia.
Exhibiting his usual dark sense of humor, Kilmister has decided to call Motörhead’s upcoming 21st album Aftershock. The record was tentatively scheduled for release this fall.