Lemmy illness forces Motörhead to cancel Brazilian festival performance

Cancellation follows a string of missed performances in 2013 and 2014

Motorhead were forced to pull out of their appearance at the Monsters of Rock festival in Brazil yesterday (April 25) after frontman Lemmy fell ill just hours before they were due to take the stage, Ultimate Classic Rock reports.

Media reports claim the 69-year-old is suffering from gastric distress and dehydration, and is currently undergoing tests at a local hospital.

Lemmy – real name Ian Fraser Kilmister – has been affected by health issues related to diabetes since 2000. Last year the band pulled out of their European tour citing the bass player’s health as the reason. The gigs were already rescheduled once from their original 2013 dates due to the same issues.

Also in 2013, Lemmy suffered a haematoma, which caused the cancelation of gigs in Italy and Austria, and was fitted with a pacemaker after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat. 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.”

When asked if he’d stopped drinking, he responded: “I’ve already given up smoking. I drink wine and that’s it.”

Despite these struggles, the veteran hard rock trio are currently working on a follow-up LP to 2012’s ‘Aftershock’ with their long-time producer Cameron Webb.