Lemmy Kilmister has been on the road to recovery after suffering a hematoma back in the summer, and it looks like that road just got a little bit longer.
It was announced yesterday (October 29) that Motorhead would be postponing their forthcoming European tour dates (which were set to kick off on November 7 in Zurich, Switzerland) due to Lemmy’s ongoing health issues.
The bassist/frontman took to the band’s official Facebook page to post a note to fans, apologizing for the delay and thanking them for their continued support and understanding:
“I have to sadly let you know that Motorhead has had to postpone the forthcoming European tour until early next year, 2014,” Lemmy wrote. “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.”
He then continued, “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 Motorhead tour, they expect a Motorhead 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. Thank you all, Lemmy.”
Motorhead canceled a series of festival dates following Lemmy’s initial hospitalization in June, and the bassist fell ill again after attempting to return to the stage in August. The rocker has since stated that he was doing better, and even promised that he’d be ready for the fall tour despite concerns from his bandmates.
However, the postponement shows that Lemmy, who also suffers from Type-2 diabetes and was fitted for a defibrillator earlier this year, is starting to put his health first.
Meanwhile, Motorhead’s latest studio album, Aftershock, was released last week, and is available for purchase at the band’s official website.