The 69 year-old rocker called a show off after three songs in Austin, Texas looking to be tired and short of breath.
“I can’t do it,” Lemmy said just as Metropolis was beginning, as you can see in the video below. The band had already played Damage Case, Stay Clean and We Are Motörhead.
“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,” he returned to the stage briefly to say.
It’s the second time in as many weeks that he’s walked off stage. He abandoned a gig in Salt Lake City just last week citing altitude as the reason he was having trouble breathing before also cancelling a show at even higher altitude the next day in Denver before the gig started.
“I’ve had some health scares,” Lemmy admitted to Kerrang! (via Blabbermouth) earlier this year.
“I’ve had to really cut back on smoking and drinking and whatever. But it is what it is. I’ve had a good life, a good run. I do what I do still. I’m sure I’ll die on the road, one way or another.”
Following the abandoned Austin gig Motorhead released a statement, announcing that “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,” it concludes.
Last month Motörhead released their 22nd studio album Bad Magic. The band have a long year ahead in terms of touring the album with 40th Anniversary shows also planned across Europe. In addition, they will headline their own cruise-ship festival later this month.
Watch: Lemmy Walk Off Stage In Austin, Texas