Lemmy Stops Gig, Motorhead Cancels Future Dates

At a concert September 1 in Austin, Texas, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister stopped the show after only three songs, and told the audience, “I can’t do it.” The 69-year-old bassist and vocalist for the legendary metal act has been battling a variety of health issues in the recent past.

Now Motorhead has announced they will not play in San Antonio, Texas, September 2, and hint that they may miss other shows on their current jaunt with Saxon. In a Facebook post made September 2, the band made this announcement:

“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.”

At the Austin concert, Lemmy was reportedly “fatigued and winded” after performing the songs “Damage Case,” “Stay Clean,” and “We Are Motorhead.” He made an effort to start the fourth song, introducing “Metropolis,” but then sighed and said, “I can’t do it,” before he and the band left the stage. They returned a few minutes later to apologize to the disappointed crowd, saying "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?"

Lemmy cut short a show August 27 in Salt Lake City, citing the high altitude and shortness of breath. The band then canceled a gig in Denver the following day. Motorhead is currently on tour with Saxon and has tour dates booked through February, 2016.

Watch Motorhead play “Damage Case” in Austin, Texas, September 1, 2015:

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