Rock icons Motorhead were forced to cancel their rescheduled European tour dates, as Lemmy Kilmister's health issues are still preventing the legendary frontman from getting back on the road.
As the official release reads, "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 recognizes that his long-term health must win," the announcement continues. "It goes without saying that Lemmy profusely apologizes 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."
As the post notes, "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," confirming an "undoubted progress" on singer's behalf, but still not enough to resume touring.
"Rome was not built in a day ... like Lemmy's health," the release concludes. "But there is some strong light at the end of the tunnel here ... we thank you so very much for your continued love, support and understanding."
Recently chatting with Rolling Stone, Lemmy thanked fans for their devoted support, saying, "Oh, man, the fans were unbelievable when I got sick. No bitching. It was all 'Take your time, get better. Don't worry, we'll wait for you. Get well.'"
During the same interview, Kilmister also addressed the future state of rock music, expressing a big concern for young acts able to carry on the torch. "There's nobody now," he said. "There is going to be a huge hole, and nobody to step into it. I think it's important music. It's the constant music of this generation and the last one and the last one."