Last week, word spread that Motörhead would be cancelling several of their upcoming European tour stops while frontman, Lemmy Kilmister recovered from a post-operative hematoma.
While he is currently “alive, breathing, talking, f**king, drinking, eating, reading” (according to his management) he is not well enough to continue on the band’s tour. The tour dates that have been scrapped, for now, includes six festivals that they were supposed to perform at including Metaltown in Sweden, Reload in Germany and Festival Les Deferlantes in France.
The original thought was that the frontman would rest up for a couple of days, miss a few dates and be ready to return to the stage in no time. Due to doctor’s orders, he was advised to take more time off to recover.
Today, Kilmister released a personal statement on his Facebook page, filling fans in on the situation about his health. The full statement can be read below:
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
Lemmy says: I’d like to thank everyone who wish me well, it was a tough decision for me as I don’t like to disappoint the fans especially in times where 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.
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…”
This isn’t even the first health issue that has plagued the metal icon; he was recently fitted with an implantable defibrillator to correct an irregular heartbeat.
Get better soon, Lemmy!