Motörhead forced to cut gig short as Lemmy is taken ill onstage

Frontman complained that he couldn't breathe and was experiencing severe back pain

Motörhead were forced abandon a show in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday (August 27) after frontman Lemmy became too unwell to continue with the performance.

Blabbermouth reports that the 69-year-old frontman complained to the crowd that he couldn’t breathe and was experiencing severe back pain prior to ending the show after only three or four songs.

The band – who release their new album ‘Bad Magic’ today (August 28) – have since posted an explanation to their official Facebook page, blaming the high altitude for Lemmy’s breathing problems.

“The people are great, but the air is just too thin,” it reads. “The high altitude makes it difficult for breathing, and that’s what happened with Lemmy tonight in Salt Lake City. He feels very bad to have cut the show short, but being that high up, he had some trouble breathing well. Lemmy appreciates everyone’s concern. The fans always rally round!”


Lemmy (real name Ian Fraser Kilmister) has suffered a series of health scares. In April, Motörhead were forced to cancel their appearance at the Monsters Of Rock festival in Brazil after he fell ill just hours before they were due to take the stage. Last year, the group pulled out of their European tour citing Lemmy’s health as the reason. The gigs had already been rescheduled once from their original 2013 dates due to the same issues.

Also in 2013, Lemmy suffered a haematoma and was fitted with a pacemaker after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, which resulted in the cancellation of gigs in Italy and Austria. Speaking to The New York Times after the procedure, a downbeat Lemmy said, “I’ll never get a job again. I’m paying for the good times, I suppose. It’s a mixture of all the things I ever did – and I did plenty.”

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Lemmy explained that he often walks with a stick because his “legs are fucked”. He remained defiant, however, calling himself “indestructable” 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.