Wacken Open Air Organizers On MOTÖRHEAD's Mid-Show Cancellation - "They Did Everything Humanly Possible To Play This Gig; Thank You So Much, Guys!"
August 3, 2013, 4 years ago
MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister walked offstage on August 2nd six songs into the band's set at the famous Wacken Open Air being held in Wacken, Germany. The event was disturbing given the fact that the legendary three-piece had cancelled all of their summer shows due to Lemmy's ongoing health issues; in June doctors ordered him off the road to recover from a hematoma he suffered that month. On-stage Lemmy even referenced the doctors orders saying that he had to quit, but responded 'We'll have to see about that."
With tongue-in-cheek, Motörhead kicked-off their set in front of nearly 100,000 people with 'I Know How To Die', but witnesses - including BraveWords who were backstage - saw that the legendary frontman was not in his usual form. The band stormed on with 'Damage Case', 'Stay Clean', but the set was cut short during their classic 'The Chase Is Better Than The Catch' as Lemmy walked off stage and Phil Campbell took charge until everything went black.
Wacken organizer Thomas Jensen walked on stage and told the crowd (translated from German) … "Lemmy had cancelled all his dates and tried to do Wacken, but this is all he could do."
The Wacken crew have since issued the following statement:"Motörhead rocked the Black Stage for more than 30 minutes and Lemmy gave everything he´s got to play an amazing live show. He´s keeping well - but the temperatures and circumstances lead to the point that continuing the show would have lead to a loss of quality. We are very happy and proud that Phil, Mikkey and particularly Mr. Rock n Roll himself, Lemmy Kilmister, played W:O:A 2013 and that they did everything humanly possible to play this gig. Thank you so much, guys!"
Motörhead were scheduled to perform for an hour and fifteen minutes. After Jensen's announcement the crowd starting chanting "Lemmy, Lemmy, Lemmy."
The crowd was not upset or disappointed, but concerned for one of the godfathers of heavy metal.
DORO PESCH followed kicking off her 30th Anniversary tour, but made a point in stating to the crowd that "Lemmy was ok."