Motörhead Nixes Euro Tour

Concerns regarding Lemmy Kilmister’s health have caused Motörhead to cancel its European tour that was scheduled to begin in Scotland next month.

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A posting on Motörhead’s website said Kilmister is dealing with “issues relating to diabetes.”

“While there has been undoubted progress, Lemmy and the band were advised by doctors that it was still too soon to resume full touring activities, and so for the good of the future, the band and Lemmy reluctantly agreed to cancel.”

Motörhead’s European tour was supposed to be a fall run through the continent.  However, 2013 wasn’t exactly a healthy year for Kilmister.  His ongoing ailments resulted in Motörhead canceling shows scheduled for June, including the band’s See-Rock Festival gig in Graz, Austria; a show in Milan, Italy; and a performance at the Full Force Festival in Roitzschjora, Germany.

But the latest message on the Motörhead’s website is optimistic that the metal band will return to the road soon.

“No one is hurting more over this than Lemmy, and he feels the aggravation and inconvenience of every ticket, and every method of transportation, already paid for by loyal fans in anticipation of the tour.  Being a road warrior of over 50 dedicated, non-stop years, it is equally distressing for him to be unable to occupy the top lounge of the trusty tour bus (his spiritual home) but Lemmy recognizes that his long-term health must win.  It goes without saying that Lemmy profusely apologizes for inconveniences caused, but he does want everyone to know that he is continuing on the road to a full recovery, and that the prognosis long-term is very good.”

While the message on Motörhead’s website reminds fans that “Rome wasn’t built in a day” it also states that “there is strong light at the end of the tunnel here.”  Check out the complete post at