Changes (Update): Motörhead, Kanye West, Loretta Lynn, Skylar Grey, Sepultura

Citing health issues, Motörhead postpones its fall Europe tour until 2014 … Kanye West reschedules his November Anaheim gig for December … Exhaustion forces Loretta Lynn to postpone a couple of shows scheduled for this week … Skylar Grey moves shows to next year … Sepultura flushes tour.

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Download Festival, Donington Park, Derby, UK

Motörhead’s European fans will have to wait a little longer to see their favorite band in action.  How long?  While the official word is that Motörhead has pushed back its autumn run across the continent to 2014, the band probably won’t resume touring until leader Lemmy Kilmister is feeling A-OK.

Health problems have plagued Kilmister through much of this year and resulted in Motörhead canceling its summer festival appearances.  Various reasons for Kilmister’s health were offered, including that he was undergoing “medical maintenance.” In July the band’s Mikkey Dee told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that Kilmister’s problems started when a hip injury from a fall resulted in an episode of haematoma, a condition where blood accumulates outside of blood vessels.

In a message posted on the band’s website, Kilmister doesn’t give any details about his health, choosing instead to say he is working his way “back to full fitness” and that he has not given up his carnivore ways nor is he going on the wagon.


“I have to sadly let you know that Motörhead has had to postpone the forthcoming European tour until early next year, 2014.

“We have made the decision because I am not quite ready to hit the road yet, and am working my way back to full fitness and rude health.  Don’t worry – I’m not about to start promoting veganism and alcohol-free beverages, but it is fair to say that I personally have been reconfiguring areas of my life to make sure I can come back fitter and stronger than ever.

“It disappointed me tremendously to have to say I wasn’t quite ready to hit the road yet, but not nearly as much as it would’ve disappointed me to go out, play some average shows and watch my health give way long before the tour was over!  When people come to see a Motörhead tour, they expect a Motörhead show, and that is exactly what you will get as soon as I am fit and ready to rumble.

“Your patience and understanding is appreciated … and know that I’m getting stronger and stronger every day, so watch out next spring Europe and we will see you then.”

Kanye West’s Southern California fans will have to wait a month to see him perform at the Honda Center in Anaheim.  Originally scheduled for Nov. 1, the gig has been moved to Dec. 13.

An announcement posted on the venue’s website states “production logistics” were the cause of the change.  Rolling Stone describes West’s stage set as including “a 60-foot tall white mountain and a huge circular video screen, along with a guy dressed as Jesus …”

Anaheim isn’t the only city on the tour to go under the rescheduling scalpel.  Originally planned as the second stop on the tour, Vancouver was pushed back until Halloween.

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Keswick Theatre, Glenside, Pa.

Exhaustion is the culprit for country legend Loretta Lynn postponing a couple of shows in Iowa that were to take place this week.

Lynn was supposed to play Spencer’s Clay County Regional Events Center Tuesday night and the Paramount theatre in Cedar Rapids tonight.  Now both gigs are in the postponement zone waiting for new dates.

A message to fans saying that Lynn’s problems date back to her “grueling Canadian tour” was posted on

“Lynn started feeling poorly midway through her three week tour.  Loretta is a pro and wants to give her fans the best show possible.  She felt she physically was unable to do that.”

The message also stated that the artist is “taking some much needed time off and being treated for exhaustion.” 

Lynn’s next scheduled show is Nov. 14 in North Tonawanda, N.Y., at the Riviera Theatre and Performing Arts Center.

Photo: AP Photo / Silvia Izquierdo
Rock In Rio, Rock City, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian metal band Sepultura will not be launching its fall tour in Southern California on Friday.  Or, for that matter anywhere else in the U.S.  The band posted the bad news on its website saying a “delay of obtaining a visa to enter the United States” has put the kibosh on the outing.  The “Tsunami Of Metal” tour was to include Unearth, Kataklysm, Scar The Martyr, Anciients and Dark Sermon.

Photo: Andy Kropa / Invision / AP
The Box, New York City

No more Skylar Grey for you.  At least not in 2013.

Citing scheduling conflicts, Live Nation says previously announced shows for Grey’s “Back From The Dead Fall 2013” tour will be rescheduled for early 2014.  Such is how the concert cookie crumbles …