Sadly, things don't seem to be going well for Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. Last week, the 69-year-old hard rock god cut a Salt Lake City show short when complaining of health issues. Since then, three more gigs have been affected by similar issues.
The Salt Lake City incident occurred on August 27, when Lemmy experienced breathing difficulties apparently due to the high-altitude city's thin air. After that, Motörhead had been due to play Riot Fest in Denver on August 28, but they cancelled the appearance and posted a Facebook message explaining that Lemmy was suffering from "altitude sickness."
Last night (September 1), Motörhead performed at Emo's in Austin. Glide Magazine reports that, much like the show in Salt Lake City, Lemmy told the crowd, "I can't do it," and left after just three songs. In a subsequent Facebook post, the band also cancelled their show tonight (September 2) in San Antonio. It's unclear when or if Motörhead will resume their North American tour.
The message is as follows:
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.
Below, see Motörhead's schedule. As it currently stands, they are due to return to the road on Friday (September 4) in Dallas. They've got Canadian shows in Toronto and Montreal this month.
Lemmy has had lots of health issues in the past couple of years. His group cancelled a 2013 tour due when the singer suffered surgical complications, and they axed a gig earlier this year due to Lemmy's gastric distress. He even switched from drinking whiskey and Coke to vodka and orange juice due to his diabetes.
Motörhead's album Bad Magic came out last week. You can see their tour schedule as it currently stands over here.