Lemmy claims he is ''over'' his health problems.

The iconic Motorhead frontman was struck down earlier this year when he suffered a haematoma, leading to the band having to cancel a number of shows.

However, the gravel-voice singer is dismissive, telling Classic Rock magazine: ''It was nothing; I'm over it.''

His bandmate, Mikkey Dee, isn't so sure if he has fully recovered and is ready for the release of the band's new album, 'Aftershock'.

He said: ''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.' ''

Lemmy, 67, has been diagnosed with diabetes and had a defibrillator fitted, but is still believed to drink heavily.

Although the rock 'n' roll lifestyle is taking its toll, he is adamant he won't quit, saying: ''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.''

After his last health scare and show cancellations, Lemmy thanked the band's followers, saying: ''It was a tough decision for me, as I don't like to disappoint the fans - especially in times when the economy is bad and people spend their money to see us.

''But sometimes you can't do anything else than following doctor's orders.

''Be sure: we will be back to kick everybody's ass.''