MOTÖRHEAD was forced to cut its concert in Austin, Texas short last night (Tuesday, September 1) due to continued health issues experienced by the band’s frontman, Lemmy Kilmister.
According to GlideMagazine.com, MOTÖRHEAD delivered only three songs — “Damage Case”, “Stay Clean” and “We Are Motörhead” — before a “fatigued and winded” Lemmy announced the next track, “Metropolis”, and then let out a sigh, telling the crowd, “I can’t do it.” He then left the stage at Emo’s with the rest of his band and returned moments later and apologized to a disappointed but supportive audience. He said: “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?” The house lights and music then came on, before “concerned” and “slightly annoyed” fans began funneling out.
Fan-filmed video footage of MOTÖRHEAD‘s entire Austin appearance — shot from the front row — can be seen below.
The latest MOTÖRHEAD walk-off follows a similarly abbreviated performance last week in Salt Lake City, where the band cited the high altitude as the reason behind Lemmy‘s inability to breathe. A show in Denver, at an even higher altitude, was scrapped the following day before MOTÖRHEAD ever took the stage.
Lemmy, who turned 69 years old in December, in 2013 suffered a haematoma (where blood collects outside of a blood vessel), causing the cancelation of a number of the band’s European festival shows. The band has since scrapped a couple of tours and, during the 2013 edition of the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany, abandoned its set midway through so Lemmy could be taken to the hospital.
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