Sometimes, in the path of a career, there comes a time when enough is enough.
Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell recently revealed that the bands founder, writer, singer and bassist, Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, had indeed had a pacemaker fitted earlier in 2013. The band have since cancelled shows due to the main man still feeling less than great.
As early as June 2012, at the bands appearance at Shoreline Amphitheater, as part of the Rockstar Mayhem tour, Lemmys skin looked waxlike and during a Motorhead meet and greet, his appearance was brief. He spoke very little.
On the new record, Aftershock, Lemmy sounds to be slurring and his vocal has lost the power it once possessed.
Musically the band are world class, performing blindingly. But there is a very obvious missing link.
Download Festival in England 2013, saw Motorhead perform a relatively short set. It also saw a brief performance by former drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor. He was gaunt and shaky. Seeing the two together fired up the rumor mill. “Who will be first to go?” One of the whispers circulating after the set.
Lemmy has paid his dues, not only with Motorhead and Hawkwind, but as the penman and co-voice on many a rock song.
No-one wishes to see the end of such a pivotal music outfit as Motorhead, but it is probably true that music fans everywhere would prefer that Lemmy stuck around a little while longer and if that means he needs to be sitting quietly and sipping on a Pimms, so be it.
How long they will continue to tour, is a frequently asked question among the fans of this seemingly never ending trio.
Until they stop bringing Lemmy out of cryogenics is a possible answer.
Before hitting the stage the iconic frontman looked tired and weary, a little shaky perhaps? Drummer Mikki had just flown in from Sweden and was suffering the effects of jet lag and Phil was a tad pissed that Italy were no longer in the World Cup.
All worries and concerns that this would be less than an average show disappeared immediately the stage was beneath them and the crowd afront. Ever the professionals, a superb set was brought to a record crowd for this show. Phil engaging the crowd as Lemmys voice became a little strained and Mikki showing the world that he is the Carlsberg of drummers, probably the worlds best, delivering a drum solo that could make grown men cry!
During the drum solo Lemmy hopped behind a monitor to have a quick tete a tete with his bass tech Tim Butcher, before re-emerging out front to give the crowd it’s well deserved encore.
Motorhead have never gone in for fancy pyro. They keep it simple and rock it hard. This set up works and it will continue to work for as long as they do!