We’ve already determined that it’s been a tough few years for Motorhead. It’s also been a great few, as Bad Magic got great reviews and was the band’s most successful album in a while. All of that, however, was overshadowed by Lemmy Kilmister’s health. The 69 year-old had a pacemaker implanted in 2013, and sounded almsot like he was writing his own eulogy in an interview later that year. But several dates of the band’s tour had to be cancelled due to the bassist and singer’s health issues, and he sometimes walks with a cane now. And while Kilmister might be in the process of confronting his own mortality, if you get a chance to interview him, you should probably abstain from asking when he’s dying. In an interview with Classic Rock, he said that’s a legitimate thing that people bring up:
“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.”
It’s hard to imagine that anyone would ask such a legendary frontman a question like that, even if it’s cloaked in compliments. However, it must have been brought up at some point in the interview, as he talks about growing older in it as well:
“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.”
Don’t worry, Lemmy. You’re still the most badass 69 year-old we know.