Motörhead cancel another show as band say Lemmy needs to ‘rest’

Singer has experienced a series of health scares recently, suffering a haematoma in 2013

Motörhead have cancelled another live appearance, the third time frontman Lemmy’s ill health has caused the band to pull out of a performance in recent weeks.

The band were forced to cut a gig short in Austin on Tuesday (September 1), while the singer pulled a show in Salt Lake City on August 27 when he became too unwell to continue.

Cancelling a gig in San Antonio on Wednesday (September 2), the band posted a statement to Facebook updating fans on the situation.

The statement read, “As you might have heard, Motörhead again had to abbreviate a performance due to Lemmy not feeling well. This is a DIRECT follow-on from the altitude issues in Colorado, and clearly, Lemmy tried to get back at it too quickly. For this reason, Motörhead will not play in San Antonio tonight, but the show will still go on with Saxon headlining. Lemmy will resume duties the moment he is PROPERLY rested and firing on all cylinders again. The legendary Motörheadbanger patience is much appreciated, and the band send their deepest thanks. More details will be released soon.”


Lemmy (real name Ian Fraser Kilmister) has experienced a series of health scares recently, suffering a haematoma in 2013.

At the Austin gig, while performing third track ‘Metropolis’, Lemmy stopped mid-song, telling the crowd, “I can’t do it”. He later returned to tell the audience, “You are one of the best gigs in America, and I would love to play for you, but I can’t… So please accept my apologies. Next time, all right?”

Watch the incident below.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Lemmy explained that he often walks with a stick because his “legs are fucked”. He remains defiant, however, calling himself “indestructible” and saying Motörhead will continue for “as long as I can walk the few yards from the back to the front of the stage without a stick”.

He also claimed that he now drinks vodka and orange in place of Jack Daniel’s and Coke – apparently in a bid to combat his diabetes. “I like orange juice better,” he told the newspaper. “So, Coca-Cola can fuck off.”

Despite this latest setback, the veteran hard rock trio plan to tour the UK next year.