Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell is sharing an update on the health status of bassist Lemmy Kilmister, two weeks after the band's fall European tour was postponed and rescheduled to 2014.
"Lem had a pacemaker fitted earlier in the year because he'd been suffering from irregular heartbeats, and then his diabetes started playing him up," Campbell tells Wales Online. "But his ticker's fine now and he's made sufficient changes to his lifestyle and diet in order to combat the diabetes, it's just that he felt he wasn't 100% ready to go back on the road just yet. As a result we put the dates back a little bit to enable him to build himself back up to full fitness."
"Look, none of us are getting any younger, so Lemmy's condition didn't exactly come as a massive shock," he continued. "But the older we get the more we tend to be there for one another and back each other up. The main problem is that he's displayed such a hard persona all his life that it makes it difficult for him to let people in. He's like the John Wayne of rock – always wanting to soldier on and handle things on his own, you know?"