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MOTORHEAD's Manager: LEMMY's Cancer Prognosis Gave Him Two To Six Months To Live

MOTORHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister was given "two to six months to live" when he was told he had terminal cancer on December 26, two days before his death.

The band's longtime manager Todd Singerman has revealed to Sky News that Lemmy went to hospital two days after his 70th- birthday party at the Whisky A Go Go club in Hollywood, California on December 13 because he wasn't feeling well. Although his doctors initially said he was fine, they decided to do a brain scan before releasing him because "his speech was seeming a little odd. We wanted to see if maybe [he'd had] a minor stroke." The scan uncovered tumors in Lemmy's brain and neck.

Singerman told Sky News on Monday: "Nobody had any idea, we just learned Saturday, two days ago, that he even had cancer, and the doctor told him he had between two to six months to live. He [died] today as I was making calls to [his MOTORHEAD bandmates] Phil [Campbell] and Mikkey [Dee], telling them to come on out so they could have a last goodbye while he was still upbeat and everything. He was feeling mighty low... He wasn't expected to die like that."

Singerman added: "He [Lemmy] gets home [from tour], we have a big birthday party for him at the Whisky A Go Go. His friends came down and played. Two days later, I could tell he wasn't feeling good, so we took him to the hospital, they release him, then after the brain scan they found the cancer in his brain and his neck... The doctor comes with the result a couple of days later and says... it's terminal."

Despite Lemmy's well-documented health issues over the last two years, Singerman said the cancer diagnosis "caught everyone by surprise. [Cancer] was the last thing we thought he would ever have. When you think about it, he has been to every doctor and hospital around the world and nobody caught that... That comes as a massive shock."

Singerman said Lemmy's lifestyle was unlike that of any other rocker. He said: "I've been with him almost 25 years, and it was a half gallon of Jack Daniels a day, two-three packs of cigarettes and his other little favorites and that was a daily thing.

"Recently he switched over — and I still can't grasp it but he thought it was healthier — he switched over to vodka and orange."

He added: "I still always remember a great quote: Lemmy from MOTORHEAD makes Keith Richards from THE [ROLLING] STONES look like a Golden Girl.

"This guy lived it every day and there was never a break in between.

"He was the last true rock star left, if you ask me."


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Motorhead's Lemmy dead at 70

Motorhead mainman Lemmy died earlier today at the age of 70, it has been confirmed.

The surviving members of Motorhead said in a statement: "There is no easy way to say this… Our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made its way down the street, with his family.

"We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren't words.

"We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please… play Motorhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy's music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself. HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.

"Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister 1945 -2015. Born to lose, lived to win."

Ozzy Osbourne said in a statement: "Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side."

Lemmy dealt with some serious health issues recently, forcing the indulgent rock legend to scale back on alcohol and kick his cigarette habit. Though Lemmy had made some positive steps forward, he had been struggling with poor health in recent months, leading to Motorhead's touring schedule being disrupted.

The rock icon recently claimed that he was doing just fine and was people to stop asking about his health.

He told Classic Rock: "I'm sick of the fucking, 'Are you going to die?' line of questioning. It's getting really old, that question. I’m alright. I'm going out there and doing my best.

"I have good days and bad days but mostly I've been doing alright. The last tour of the States was very good."

Lemmy, who turned 70 years old on December 24, told Classic Rock he had no intention of retiring.

He said: "It's when you get to 60 when everything starts to go pear-shaped. Everyone thinks that becoming an older guy is easy, but you never consider it fully. It comes as quite a shock. But the thing is, I don't want to give in to it."

Lemmy previously said that he didn't expect to still be here at 30.

"I don't do regrets," he said. "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.

"There are a couple of things I might have done differently, but nothing major; nothing that would have made that much of a difference.

"I'm pretty happy with the way things have turned out. 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."

Asked if his illness has made him more aware of his own mortality, Lemmy said: "Death is an inevitability, isn't it? 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."


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Final Concert Motorhead Video

Fan video of the final concert Motorhead, which took place on 11.12.2015 in Berlin, Germany


Former Motorhead Drummer Phil 'philthy Animal' Taylor Dies At 61

Ex-Motorhead drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor died on Wednesday, November 11 at the age of 61.

Taylor's former Motorhead bandmate "Fast" Eddie Clarke posted the following tribute to his colleague: "My dear friend and brother passed away last night. He had been ill for sometime but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes.

"I have known Phil since he was 21 and he was one hell of a character. Fortunately, we made some fantastic music together and I have many many fond memories of our time together.

"Rest in peace, Phil!"

Taylor played in Motorhead from 1975 to 1984 and again from 1987 to 1992. He appeared on the band's debut album, "On Parole", and played on a further ten albums, including 1979's "Bomber", 1980's "Ace Of Spades", and 1982's "Iron Fist".

Taylor contributed to Motorhead's 1992 album "March Or Die" but departed the band during the recording process. The album was completed by drummers Tommy Aldridge and current sticksman Mikkey Dee.

Said Ozzy Osbourne in a statement: "Just heard about Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor's passing. It's a terrible terrible loss. He was a great friend — great drummer — a great guy and he will be dearly missed. Today is a very sad day for me. Rest in peace — and he still owes me 500 bucks from that time in Vegas."

In a 1983 interview with Artist magazine, Taylor stated about his drumming approach in Motorhead: "Well, once [Motorhead bassist/vocalist] Lemmy starts playing, he's sort of out there on his own, in a way. It's something that came naturally; but when Robbo [Brian Robertson, guitar] joined the band, we started working it out a bit more. When Eddie was with the band, I played more with the guitar than I did with Lemmy, because he's not really a bass player. Lemmy always plays so fast that it's always been down to the guitarist and me to keep the rhythm and melody going. Lemmy is just non-stop playing all the time, so for the highs and lows of the numbers, the ups and downs, light and shade — whatever you want to call it — it's basically down to Robbo and myself. I'd never played much before, so it's probably a lot more difficult for Robbo than for me. He'd always played in bands that had a proper bass player, so to speak."

Clarke and Taylor rejoined their former bandmate Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister on stage on November 6, 2014 at National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England before Clarke, Lemmy and current Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee ripped through a blazing rendition of the Motorhead classic "Ace Of Spades".

Asked in a 2011 interview with Guitar International if he had any plans to ever reunite with Taylor and Clarke, Lemmy said: "No, because these two guys with me now have been with me longer than the original two. They played 'Ace Of Spades' more often than those two. They played 'Overkill' more often than those two. Why should I put Phil [Campbell] and Mikkey on hold to go off with guys who probably can't play them as well? They've been out of practice. It's ridiculous to think of it. Then I would be a nostalgia act. I'm all for the now and the future."

Regarding whether he still talks with Phil and Fast Eddie, Lemmy told Guitar International: "Now and then. I like Phil, he was my best mate. Eddie was kind of a friend except he was always complaining about something. It got kinda tedious. Last time he left, we laid low. Before, one of us would go off and bring him back. It was a shame he shouldn't have done that, we had a lot going for us back then. He should have stuck though it. It was the Wendy O. Williams thing and I couldn't understand that (reference: recording 'Stand By Your Man', a cover version of the Tammy Wynette with Wendy O. Williams). He just gave up on it because Wendy wasn't immediately perfect on it, she just needed to go through it a few times and he left the band over it. I couldn't fucking believe it. I think he was expecting to be talked back in. Phil came in the room and said, 'Eddie's left again.' I said, 'Whose turn is it to go talk to him?' [Laughing]. I said, 'Fuck it, I'm not doing it.' That's the way it went. Wrong decision on his part."

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Lemmy Says He Is 'Only' Smoking A Pack Of Cigarettes A Week Now

In a brand new interview with Full Metal Jackie, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister spoke about the lifestyle changes that he made over the last couple of years after being fitted with a defibrillator because of heart problems and a brush with death during his last surgery.

"I stopped smoking for about two years, but I started smoking again," he said (hear audio below). "But I'm only doing a pack a week, as opposed to two packs a day, which I was doing. And I stopped drinking Coca-Cola. I haven't had a Coke for two years, 'cause I think they're evil. [There are] ten spoons of sugar in a can of Coke, and I've got diabetes, you know."

Asked if it was hard to give up drinking Coca Cola since he was so into it, Lemmy said: "Oh, I drink vodka and orange now. It's very much less."

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Lemmy Talks His Health, Motorhead's Latest Grammy Nomination On 'ace's Space' Radio Show

Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister was interviewed on the January 7 edition of the new Internet radio show/podcast "Ace's Space", helmed by Reality Check TV's Ace Annese. You can now liten to the chat using the audio player below. A couple of excerpts follow.

On his health:

Lemmy: "Well, I'm on this phone call talking to you - aren't I? - so I must be at least sitting up. I'm all right. We've been doing a few shows in Europe, and a few in the States. We just don't do as many. But we still do tours. We're going out soon, in fact, in Europe."

On being nominated for a Grammy again for the song "Heartbreaker", from the band's latest album, "Aftershock":

Lemmy: "I've already got one anyway, from 2005, for 'Sacrifice'. I don't mind it. It's a nice thing to be respected by your so-called peers... But we don't get to go on the red carpet or nothing; we have to go the day before with the Latin American jazz bands and get the awards."

"Ace's Space" airs every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. PST at

Lemmy, 69, in 2013 suffered a haematoma (where blood collects outside of a blood vessel), causing the cancelation of a number of the band's European festival shows. He was also reportedly fitted with a defibrillator because of heart problems.

Motorhead's "Heartbreaker" was nominated in the "Best Metal Performance" category at the 57th annual Grammy Awards, which will be held on February 8 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Lemmy Kilmister

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Motorhead's Lemmy To Spin Favorite Tunes On UK Radio

Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister will be the guest DJ on UK's BBC Radio 6 Music on New Year's Day, bringing you two hours of his favorite tracks to kick off 2015.
A message on the BBC Radio 6 Music site states: "He'll be spinning everything from Eddie Cochran to Evanescence and maybe even some Eagles."

Lemmy Kilmister

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