Sad and troubling news has broken his morning as Motörhead have been forced to cancel their European tour, originally rescheduled from last year.
“It is with great regret that Motörhead has to announce the cancellation of their European tour, scheduled to start February, 2014,” reads a statement from the Motörhead camp. “Many concerted, diligent and focused efforts were made by founding member, and international icon, Lemmy Kilmister to deal with a range of health issues relating to diabetes. While there has been undoubted progress, Lemmy and the band were advised by doctors that it was still too soon to resume full touring activities, and so for the good of the future, the band and Lemmy reluctantly agreed to cancel.
No-one is hurting more over this than Lemmy, and he feels the aggravation and inconvenience of every ticket, and every method of transportation, already paid for by loyal fans in anticipation of the tour. Being a road warrior of over 50 dedicated, non-stop years, it is equally distressing for him to be unable to occupy the top lounge of the trusty tour bus (his spiritual home) but Lemmy recognises that his long-term health must win. It goes without saying that Lemmy profusely apologises for inconveniences caused, but he does want everyone to know that he is continuing on the road to a full recovery, and that the prognosis long-term is very good.”
Needless to say, while we’re gutted that we won’t be getting to see Lemmy and the boys on tour in the immediate future, the man’s health is what’s important here, so here’s hoping he really is back on the mend and that we’ll eventually see him back where he belongs – on a stage.
Lemmy’s health worries first flared up last summer, when Motörhead were forced to cancel some shows after Lemmy was taken ill suffering a haematoma. The band returned to the stage at Wacken 2013, but were forced to cut short their set.
The band’s latest album, Aftershock, is out now.