The band were sent into turmoil earlier this year when Lemmy spent several weeks in hospital, then fell ill again after going back on the road. They were forced to cancel a tour and even endured rumours that the bassist and vocalist had died following the band’s cut-short performance at Germany’s Wacken festival.
They’re gearing up for the release of new album Aftershock – but Dee is concerned that his bandmate may not have learned any lessons from his health scare.
In the cover feature of the latest edition of Classic Rock, the drummer says: “I think after all he’s been through, I’d say this: ‘Lem, when are you going to get sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? it’s time you started to take care of yourself.’”
But Lemmy is unrepentant. He says of his hospital stint: “It was nothing; I’m over it.”
And although he accepts his friends have a point when they advise him to slow down, he adds: “I don’t like people telling me what to do – even if they might be right.”
The 67-year-old knows his hard-living lifestyle is taking its toll, after being diagnosed with diabetes and having a defibrillator fitted. But he insists: “I can still stand at that mic every night and play my songs. I’m getting better. By the time the tour comes around I’ll be ready.”
And if it comes to the point he can no longer hit the road, Lemmy vows: “We plan to go on. Maybe we’ll just make albums – we’ll be like The Beatles after 1966.”