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Motörhead Postponed European Tour So Frontman Kilmister Could Recuperate from Pacemaker Surgery

Image courtesy of IMotorhead.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of IMotorhead.com (via ABC News Radio)

Guitarist Phil Campbell has revealed that Motörhead 's recent European tour cancellation was because frontman Lemmy Kilmister needed to recuperate from pacemaker surgery.

"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," he tells WalesOnline .  "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 percent ready to go back on the road just yet."

Campbell adds that it's been tough to gauge Kilmister's recovery, because the singer very rarely shares that information with his band mates.  "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 notes.  "He's like the John Wayne of rock -- always wanting to soldier on and handle things on his own."

Motörhead has said they plan on making up the European dates sometime in February.

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