Scott Ian (Anthrax) Says Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead) Once Avoided Getting His Toes Amputated By Smoking In The Doctor’s Office

Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister passed away from prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia, and congestive heart failure back in 2015, but he was also battling diabetes around the time as well. In fact, he almost had to get some toes amputated due to the disease. Now, during an interview with Landry.Audio, Scott Ian (Anthrax) revealed that Kilmister actually avoided the amputation by smoking a cigarette in the doctor’s office. Basically, he was told he couldn’t smoke in there, so he decided just to leave. He then found another doctor who told him that he could save his toes by simply changing his diet.

Ian said the following:

“He had been diagnosed with diabetes at some point, if I remember correctly, so he was battling that. I remember at some point [hearing that] Lemmy switched to vodka. Like, that was news. In the rock world, that was major headline news. I remember hearing that, like, ‘Lemmy’s got diabetes, and no more Jack-and-Cokes, because of the sugar content. He switched to vodka.’ I was, like, ‘Wow! After 50 years, that’s a big deal.'”

“Look, when a guy like that hits the wall, living the life that he has been living since he was a teenager… The guy had been hitting it hard for 50-odd years already by the time the early two-thousand-teens rolled in. So, eventually you’re gonna hit the wall. I don’t care who you are — everyone hits the wall. No matter how healthy you are and no matter how fucked up of a life you led and how hard you lived, and when you’ve lived as hard as Lemmy did, when you hit the wall, it’s gonna be worse than the average human.”

“I did spend a lot of time with him over the years; lucky enough for me, it was a privilege to have spent 30-odd years or something knowing him and being friendly with him. And I asked him one time about smoking: ‘Do you think you’ll ever quit?’ or this or that. These are questions he just… there wasn’t even an answer to. He wasn’t gonna quit smoking; he wasn’t gonna quit drinking.”

“He literally almost lost a couple of toes because when he was in the throes of figuring out the diabetes and all that, a couple of his toes went black from bad circulation and all this. And he saw some doctor in L.A., and they were, like, ‘Oh, [you must go under the knife] immediately. You’re gonna lose the toes,’ and this and that. And he was, like, ‘I need a second opinion.’ And he flew back to London and saw a doctor there. And it was the same kind of thing: ‘We need to get these off. It’s an emergency.’ And it comes to… He goes to have the surgery done and he’s sitting in this office and he’s smoking a cigarette. And someone tells him, ‘You’re not allowed to smoke in here. What are you — crazy? You can’t smoke in this office.’ And he said, ‘Well, if I’m gonna fucking lose a toe, I’m gonna have a fucking cigarette.’ And long story short, they said, ‘You can’t smoke in here.’ And he said, ‘Well, then I won’t be in here.’ And he left. And he ended up seeing another doctor, and they literally told him, ‘You just need to change this or this in your diet, and your feet are gonna be fine.’ And he changed his diet, and he didn’t have to have his toes cut off. So a cigarette literally saved him from having a part of his body amputated.”

“That’s when he started using Diet Coke instead of regular Coke in his Jack-and-Cokes, I believe. The doctor literally told him: ‘Switch to Diet Coke, and you don’t have to lose your toes.’ [Laughs]”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Motörhead’s Röad Crew Beer Is Coming To The U.S. This Month

As previously reported, Motörhead’s Röad Crew beer is coming to the U.S. and now we have an official release date. The drink will be released on June 23 and a launch event with live music and more will take place at Riverfront Brewery (tickets HERE). Arcadia Brewing Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan were chosen to brew the American IPA. The beverage will be about 6.2% ABV and it will feature floral and citrusy hops with a bit of malt sweetness. More info can be found at motorhead-beer.com.

Motörhead’s Röad Crew Beer Is Coming To The U.S.

Motörhead’s Röad Crew beer will now officially be released in the U.S. Arcadia Brewing Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan have been recruited to brew the American IPA. The beverage will be about 6.2% ABV and it will feature floral and citrusy hops with a bit of malt sweetness.

Tim Suprise, founder of Arcadia Brewing Company, had the following to say:

“We began our trek into the craft beer world 22 years ago inspired by world-class, British-inspired beers, and becoming a partner with British icons Motörhead, Camerons and Global Merchandising to bring Röad Crew to fans of great beer and heavy metal here in the U.S. has our volume dial pegged to the max.”

Motörhead manager Todd Singerman added:

“When we do things, we like to do them right. Lem was always about maintaining your own standards, so we couldn’t be happier to have found such a high-quality brewery like Arcadia. We have taken our time to find a U.S. partner, and Arcadia is proof-positive that our search was worth it!”

Guitarist Phil Campbell also commented:

“Röad Crew is a world-class rock and roll beer from the world’s loudest band. Enjoy the taste of Motörhead wherever you are! Lemmy lives. Motörhead for life.”

Drummer Mikkey Dee continued:

“I’m very happy to say that Röad Crew beer is now out in the U.S.! It’s been way too long, but now it has arrived. I encourage our North American friends to get out there and enjoy it right now!”

Former Motörhead Guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke Dead At 67

Ex-Motörhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke has died at the age of 67. He passed away last night (January 10) following a battle with pneumonia. R.I.P.

The following was posted on the band’s Facebook:

“We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight…Edward Allan Clarke – or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke – passed away peacefully yesterday. Ted Carroll (who formed Chiswick Records) made the sad announcement via his FB page, having heard from Doug Smith that Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia…

Phil Campbell said, “JUST HEARD THE SAD NEWS THAT FAST EDDIE CLARK HAS PASSED AWAY. SUCH A SHOCK, HE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS ICONIC RIFFS AND WAS A TRUE ROCK N ROLLER. RIP EDDIE.”

Mikkey Dee said, ““OH MY FUCKING GOD, THIS IS TERRIBLE NEWS, THE LAST OF THE THREE AMIGOS. I SAW EDDIE NOT TOO LONG AGO AND HE WAS IN GREAT SHAPE. SO THIS IS A COMPLETE SHOCK. ME AND EDDIE ALWAYS HIT IT OFF GREAT.

I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING HIM IN THE UK THIS SUMMER WHEN WE COME AROUND WITH THE SCORPS…NOW LEM AND PHILTHY CAN JAM WITH EDDIE AGAIN, AND IF YOU LISTEN CAREFULLY I’M SURE YOU’LL HEAR THEM, SO WATCH OUT!!! MY THOUGHTS GO OUT TO EDDIE’S FAMILY AND CLOSE ONES.”

Fast Eddie…keep roaring, rockin’ and rollin’ up there as goddamit man, your Motörfamily would expect nothing less!!!

RIP FAST EDDIE CLARKE 5th October 1950 – 10th January 2018

❤️”

Surviving Motörhead Members Want To Do Some Lemmy Kilmister Tribute Shows With Special Guests

Phil Campbell was recently interviewed on “Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon” and confirmed that the surviving members of Motörhead want to do some special Lemmy Kilmister tribute shows in the future. He said the following about that:

“It’s on the cards, but it’s just gonna be a few select shows. We’re not gonna be touring with it. We’re gonna get these people involved and [we have to be mindful of] their schedules as well. We’ll just do some special shows worldwide, which will be good — a tribute to Lem and to the band maybe, yeah. But it wouldn’t be an ongoing thing; everyone’s too busy. But [we want to] do something special. We’re still trying to work on that now.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Motörhead Covers Album “Under Cöver” To Receive Physical Release In October

The new Motörhead covers compilation “Under Cöver” was released digitally on September 1, and now it is set to receive a proper physical release in North America as well. CD and vinyl versions will be available on October 13.

“Under Cöver” Track Listing:

01. “Breaking The Law” (Judas Priest cover)
02. “God Save The Queen” (Sex Pistols cover)
03. “Heroes” (David Bowie cover)
04. “Starstruck” (Dio cover)
05. “Cat Scratch Fever” (Ted Nugent cover)
06. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (The Rolling Stones cover)
07. “Sympathy For The Devil” (The Rolling Stones cover)
08. “Hellraiser” (Ozzy Osbourne cover)
09. “Rockaway Beach” (Ramones cover)
10. “Shoot ‘Em Down” (Twisted Sister cover)
11. “Whiplash” (Metallica cover)

Prehistoric Crocodile Named After Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister

An extinct prehistoric crocodile has officially been named Lemmysuchus obtusidens in honor of the late Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead). The creature roamed the Earth around 164 million years ago, and is believed to have been 5.8 meters in length. You can find more info on that HERE.