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Lemmy Credits Slash With Helping Him on His Road to Recovery

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Slash may not be able to get along with Axl Rose, but that doesn’t means he doesn’t understand the value of friendship; in fact, Lemmy counted on his kindness while recovering from the medical woes that derailed Motorhead‘s tour plans last year.

Lemmy looked back on his health scare during a recent interview with Rolling Stone, admitting he felt guilty about having to stop partway through a German concert last August. “I felt really bad about that, but there was nothing I could do,” he sighed, and pointed to Motorhead’s upcoming return to Wacken, where the incident occurred, as a highlight of the band’s current tour schedule, saying, “I’m looking forward to making that right.”

He also discussed his post-surgery rehab period in Los Angeles, during which he says he gave up smoking, cut down on his drinking, and spent a lot of time catching up with Slash. “He was at my house more than he’s ever been before, encouraging me,” he explained. “He’s a really f—ing good guy.”

Now that he’s on the mend, Lemmy’s looking forward to getting back on the road — and resuming rocking for “as long as I can.” As he told RS, “You kind of owe it to the people that put you up here. You should deliver. But if I can’t deliver, I’m never going to be a figurehead up there and just play for money. I could never do that. I’ve seen people do it, and it’s just frightful. … I’m old, you know. In two years I’m 70, which is ridiculous. How did that happen to me?”

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