This is getting a bit scary. Earlier this summer, Lemmy got a defibrillator installed in his chest to monitor his heart rate and also he revealed that he suffered from an “unspecified hematoma.” This resulted in the band cancelling the majority of their summer tour dates, but they did not cancel their Fri 2nd Aug performance at Wacken Open Air. Turns out the band barely got through half an hour of the set before it had to be stopped due to Lemmy’s health. There were long stretches between the songs that were played. After the penultimate song, guitarist Phil Campbell played a guitar solo and when he stopped there was an eerie silence. Lemmy was able to return for one more song and then left the stage immediately after, never to return.
Festival organizer Thomas Jensen then came out and said the Motorhead set was over and he did not know what to do or say to make it any better.
Doro Pesch told the festival crowd during her later set that the rock icon was doing “just fine,” while Campbell guested with her band on a cover of Judas Priest’s Breaking The Law. Lemmy’s former band Hawkwind sent a message of support, saying: “Sending all of our love and positive thoughts ttonight. We love you man… take it easy!”
It sounds to me like Lemmy shouldn’t have even been there to begin with! Either way, the man needs rest (and probably should stay away from the sauce). I hope for everybody’s sake, and especially Lemmy’s that he takes some time to recuperate.
01. I Know How To Die
02. Damage Case
03. Stay Clean
05. Over The Top
06. The Chase Is Better Than The Catch
Weds 13th November 2013 – NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert
Thur 14th November 2013 – NEWCASTLE City Hall
Sat 16th November 2013 – LONDON Brixton O2 Academy
Sun 17th November 2013 – LONDON Brixton O2 Academy*
Tue 19th November 2013 – WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall
Wed 20th November 2013 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Fri 22nd November 2013 – GLASGOW O2 Academy