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MOTORHEAD Cuts Wacken Set Due To Lemmy Health Issue

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Saturday, August 3, 2013 @ 8:08 AM


Band Played Just 6 Songs

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Metal heavyweights MOTORHEAD were forced to cut short their appearance in Germany after just 6 songs due to issues with frontman Lemmy's health.

MOTORHEAD ended their scheduled 75-minute set at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany after only 30 minutes. According to Metal Talk (via Classic Rock), the band played their songs at a slower tempo than usual and that Lemmy looked pale. At one point he told the crowd, "I’ve been ill recently – I’ve come onstage to play some rock n’ roll and f— myself even more."

Bill Peters, host of the long-running "Metal On Metal" radio show and head of Auburn Records, was in the crowd during MOTORHEAD's set. He said: "[Lemmy] did not look or sound good at all and could not continue the set."

"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. Wacken festival organizer Thomas Jensen came onstage and announced to the crowd he did not know what to do or say about a situation like this. It seemed very serious to me. Hopefully I am wrong."

As previously reported, back in June, Lemmy suffered a hematoma and was forced to cancel its European tour but not, for some reason, the Wacken show. Shortly before the hematoma, Lemmy was reported to have been fitted for a defibrillator to correct some heart problems.


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