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Motorhead Cancel Another Date as Lemmy Recovers From Altitude Sickness


Motörhead have canceled Wednesday’s gig in San Antonio, Texas so frontman Lemmy Kilmister can continue to recover from altitude sickness; opening act Saxon will still perform. On Tuesday night, the rocker stopped the band’s Austin show after only three songs, according to Glide, reportedly telling the audience, “I can’t do it.” The singer previously cut short concerts in Denver and Salt Lake City.

“As you might have heard, Motörhead again had to abbreviate a performance due to Lemmy not feeling well,” a statement on the band’s Facebook page reads. “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.”

Before embarking on the tour, Kilmister scoffed at the notion of his health impeding the band’s touring in an interview with Rolling Stone. “I’m all right, you know,” he said. “I’m not dying yet.” The rocker was fitted with a pacemaker in 2013 and suffered a hematoma last year.

The group is currently touring in support of its 22nd album, Bad Magic. It features a guest appearance by Queen guitarist Brian May on a tune called “The Devil” and contains the trio’s reverent cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil.” The band intends to be on the road in the U.S. through the end of the month, before departing for a month of dates in Europe in November.

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