Despite some encouraging news in the past few days, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is going to be out of action for a while longer as he recovers from a recent haematoma. In compliance with doctors orders the band have pulled the pin on all their remaining European tour dates…as if fans weren’t already worried enough.
Initially, the band had only planned on cancelling a small amount of shows to give Lemmy time to recoup before carrying on with the rest of the tour, but as drummer Mikkey Dee explains in an interview with Aftonbladet, the main man was not looking too crash hot. “It all started when he received a nasty blow to the hip,” he says, “Then in the Royal Kensington in London a fire alarm went off – he had to go eight floors at night. It was hopeless.”
Dee adds, “He needs to drain fluid from the body, and it can’t be done too quickly…While you’re lying down and can’t move you can easily get pneumonia.” The drummer admits it’s cruel and unnatural for Lemmy to be out of action, comparing it to “chopping the hands off a pianist”.
Lemmy has also commented on his health in a post on his Facebook page and doesn’t seem to have lost too much fight, stating of the cancellation:
“It was a tough decision for me as I don’t like to disappoint the fans especially in times where economy is bad and people spent their money to see us. But sometimes you can’t do anything else than following doctor’s orders, but be sure we will be back and kick everybody’s ass.”
Lemmy’s statement is preceded by a very polite and tactful “chill the fuck out” to fans, who have been growing increasingly restless as news on their God’s condition seems to change from day-to-day. You can read the full statement below.
“Regretfully, Motörhead announces it has had to cancel its remaining six summer festival appearances. The band hate to let their fans down by missing any shows, but they expect to be back in full force this Fall.
As you may have heard, earlier this Spring Lemmy had some medical maintenance for the long-term good, He was, at that time, advised to rest, but once feeling better, he of course resumed his life as usual. He has since been advised that he should immediately take some more time to rest
Lemmy says: I’d like to thank everyone who wish me well, it was a tough decision for me as I don’t like to disappoint the fans especially in times where economy is bad and people spent their money to see us. But sometimes you can’t do anything else than following doctor’s orders, but be sure we will be back and kick everybody’s ass.
There you have it! You can now stop worrying, redirect those cards, flowers and chocolates to a loved one (who will appreciate them far more), keep calm and carry on! Lemmy and Motörhead certainly are! Thanks and see you in the Fall for their new album in the form of a massive Aftershock..”