By: Annie Scaramuzzino
Despite Motorhead’s reports last week that Lemmy Kilmister was doing better after suffering a hematoma, it looks like the bassist may be taking the rest of the summer off.
On Monday (July 1), Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee told the Swedish publication Expressen (via Hennemusic) that, while Lemmy is showing improvements in his health, “doctors in Berlin are recommending that he rests for another couple of weeks."
“We can't keep canceling show after show, it's too costly,” Dee continued, “Therefore we unfortunately have to cancel the entire tour.”
Now, the band has taken to their official website to post an official statement entitled "Doctors Orders," that reads:
"Regretfully, Motorhead announces it has had to cancel its remaining six summer festival appearances. The band hate to let their fans down by missing any shows, but they expect to be back in full force this Fall. As you may have heard, earlier this Spring Lemmy had some medical maintenance for the long-term good, He was, at that time, advised to rest, but once feeling better, he of course resumed his life as usual. He has since been advised that he should immediately take some more time to rest."
Lemmy also adds, "I'd like to thank everyone who wish me well, it was a tough decision for me as I don't like to disappoint the fans especially in times where economy is bad and people spent their money to see us. But sometimes you can't do anything else than following doctor's orders, but be sure we will be back and kick everybody's a**."
Motorhead had been on a festival tour throughout Europe when Lemmy fell ill; the band had already cancelled three shows before scrapping the tour altogether. The heavy metal rockers are set to release their latest studio album, Aftershock, this fall.
For continued updates on Lemmy’s health and the band’s latest activities, and head to Motorhead’s official website.