Lemmy calls off shows due to “altitude issues”

Motörhead bassist Lemmy KilmisterLemmy calls off shows due to “altitude issues”

Motörhead bassist hopes to resume tour soon

By David Sands
September 3, 2015

It may be their 40th anniversary this year, but it hasn’t been an easy tour this time around for Motörhead.

On Sept. 1, the hard-hitting rock and roll band ended up cutting short yet another performance, this time in Austin, Texas, due to frontman and bassist Lemmy Kilmister’s health issues. A Wednesday show, scheduled for San Antonio, has been canceled for the same reason.

Following a set on Tuesday by the British metal group Saxon, Lemmy struggled through three songs at an Austin venue called Emo’s before losing steam. According to Glide Magazine, after announcing another song, he told the crowd, “I can’t do it,” and then walked off stage with the rest of the band, much to the dismay of fans.

Unfortunately, Lemmy’s early bow out in Texas echoes similar problems he experienced last week.

On Aug. 27, the Motörhead singer called off a show in Salt Lake City, which the band has attributed to breathing problems related to the city’s high altitude. Following that episode, the group called off their next tour stop at Riot Fest in Denver.

In April, Lemmy pulled out of another show in São Paulo, Brazil, prompting widespread speculation about the 69-year-old bass player’s well being. Motörhead blamed that incident on “tummy problems” and dismissed the media hubbub over their frontman’s health as “irresponsible reporting.

The band commented on the most  recent cancellations in a post on their official  facebook page.

“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,” the group’s statement reads.

“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.”

Motörhead’s latest album, Bad Magic, was released in late August. The North American leg of their current tour wraps up later this month. After that the group will embark for a series of European performances that begin in November.

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