July 3, 2013 12:11

Motörhead cancel European dates due to Lemmy health problems

'Sometimes you ?can't do anything else than following doctor's orders' frontman says in a statement

Motörhead cancel European dates due to Lemmy health problems

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Motorhead have been forced to pull the remainder of their European tour dates due to frontman Lemmy Kilmister's health problems.

After calling off three gigs last month, the band have now pulled the rest of their summer festival dates, including concerts scheduled in Germany, France and Russia. Lemmy recently suffered a haematoma. The size, scale or location of the condition – where blood collects outside of a blood vessel - is not known, but the news of the medical problem follows reports that the frontman has also recently been fitted with a defibrillator because of heart problems.

The latest statement remains vague about Kilmister's condition, but says: "Regretfully, Motörhead announces it has had to cancel its remaining six summer festival appearances. The band hate to let their fans down by missing any shows, but they expect to be back in full force this fall. As you may have heard, earlier this spring Lemmy had some medical maintenance for the long-term good. He was, at that time, advised to rest, but once feeling better, he of course resumed his life as usual. He has since been advised that he should immediately take some more time to rest."

A statement from Lemmy reads:? "I'd like to thank everyone who wishes me well, it was a tough? decision for me as I don't like to disappoint the fans especially in times where the ?economy is bad and people spent their money to see us. But sometimes you?can't do anything else than following doctor's orders, but be sure we will be? back and kick everybody's ass."

It concludes: "There you have it! You can now stop worrying, redirect those cards, flowers and chocolates to a loved one (who will appreciate them far more), keep calm and carry on! Lemmy and Motörhead certainly are! Thanks and see you in the fall for their new album in the form of a massive aftershock..."

The band will release their 21st album 'Aftershock' in September.

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