News Segment


July 6, 2005

Motorhead frontman Lemmy has been hospitalised and is being treated for “extreme dehydration” and “exhaustion”, it has emerged.

Lemmy, real name Ian Kilmister, was taken to hospital in Germany on Saturday, forcing the band to cancel a host of European shows.

German doctors diagnosed him with “extreme dehydration, leading to exhaustion”, following a string of live gigs played in temperatures of over 100 degrees, according to bass player Mikkey Dee.

In a statement released yesterday, Motorhead manager Todd Singerman said Lemmy had little interest or knowledge of “normal healthy things”.

“When you’re dealing with a warhorse like Lemmy, it’s not easy to discuss typical normal healthy things, such as a balanced diet and proper fluid intake,” he explained.

“Look, one time when I spoke to him about the importance of vegetables in a diet, he looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘What are you talking about, Todd? These [potato chips] here are part of the vegetable food group.’

“So imagine telling him he needs to drink more water because it’s a crazy hot summer in Europe – although in fairness to Lemmy, he did start making an effort by adding extra ice cubes to his Jack and Coke.”

Sugarman concluded: “The simple truth is Lemmy’s the classic rock-and-roll juggernaut who has proudly defied human logic for decades.

“But even juggernauts need a bit of maintenance once in a while.”

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