Lemmy Kilmister's reocurring health problems forced Motorhead to cut last Friday's (August 2) Wacken festival performance short only six songs into the set.
According to Blabbermouth report, the frontman's issues became obvious after the fifth song, forcing him to leave the stage for several minutes and ultimately cancel the show a single tune later.
"Lemmy did not look or sound good at all and could not continue the set," said "Metal on Metal" radio show host Bill Peters. "Phil Campbell did a guitar solo before 'The Chase Is Better Than the Catch' while Lemmy left the stage. The solo ended but Lemmy did not return. There was eerie silence on the stage for several minutes. Lemmy came back to play one more song (my favorite Motorhead song) but left the stage immediately after it ended."
Guitarist Phil Campbell was quick to reassure the fans that Kilmister is "alive and kicking," squashing some of the death rumors that have already appeared.
"Contrary to some reports, Lem is alive and kicking so take no notice of these rumors from a-shole tweeters," the axeman tweeted.
Festival organizers also issued an official statement, saying, "Motorhead rocked the Black Stage for more than 30 minutes and Lemmy gave everything he's got to play an amazing live show. He's keeping well - but the temperatures and circumstances led to the point that continuing the show would have lead to a loss of quality.
"We are very happy and proud that Phil, Mikkey and particularly Mr. Rock 'n' Roll himself, Lemmy Kilmister, played W:O:A 2013 and that they did everything humanly possible to play this gig. Thank you so much, guys!"
Motorhead are currently working on their 21st studio record "Aftershock." Featuring 13 new songs, "The World Is Yours" follow-up is tentatively due this fall.
Contrary to some reports, Lem is alive and kicking so take no notice of these rumours from asshole tweeters
Phil Campbell (@MotorheadPhil) August 4, 2013