Motörhead’s Lemmy tells crowd ‘I can’t do it’ as he cuts gig short due to ill health – watch

The performance in Austin, Texas was stopped after three songs

Motörhead were forced to cut a gig short in Austin on Tuesday (September 1), the second time frontman Lemmy’s ill health has caused the band to abandon a show mid-performance in recent weeks.

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

On August 27, the singer pulled a show in Salt Lake City when he became too unwell to continue.


In Austin, 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.


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