In a brand new interview with Full Metal Jackie, MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister spoke about the lifestyle changes that he made over the last couple of years after being fitted with a defibrillator because of heart problems and a brush with death during his last surgery.
“I stopped smoking for about two years, but I started smoking again,” he said (hear audio below). “But I’m only doing a pack a week, as opposed to two packs a day, which I was doing. And I stopped drinking Coca-Cola. I haven’t had a Coke for two years, ’cause I think they’re evil. [There are] ten spoons of sugar in a can of Coke, and I’ve got diabetes, you know.”
Asked if it was hard to give up drinking Coca Cola since he was so into it, Lemmy said: “Oh, I drink vodka and orange now. It’s very much less.”
Lemmy in 2013 suffered a haematoma (where blood collects outside of a blood vessel), causing the cancelation of a number of the band’s European festival shows.
The rocker, who turned 69 years old in December, told Classic Rock he didn’t expect to still be here at 30,
“I don’t do regrets,” he said. “Regrets are pointless. It’s too late for regrets. You’ve already done it, haven’t you? You’ve lived your life. No point wishing you could change it.
“There are a couple of things I might have done differently, but nothing major; nothing that would have made that much of a difference.
“I’m pretty happy with the way things have turned out. I like to think I’ve brought a lot of joy to a lot of people all over the world. I’m true to myself and I’m straight with people.”
Asked if his illness in 2013 has made him more aware of his own mortality, Lemmy said: “Death is an inevitability, isn’t it? You become more aware of that when you get to my age. I don’t worry about it. I’m ready for it. When I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I couldn’t complain. It’s been good.”