MOTÖRHEAD was forced to cut its set short at this year’s Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany due to frontman Lemmy Kilmister‘s health.
The band played only six songs this past Friday before leaving the stage, effectively pulling the plug on what was supposed to be a 75-minute concert.
MOTÖRHEAD has since posted the following statement on its Facebook page: “The show had to go on because that’s how Lemmy rolls. Even though he was not 100% fit, he refused to feel he was letting the 85,000 Wacken fans down. They kicked ass in the 100-plus-degree heat for a shortened, but powerful, set before Lemmy finally realized he might have bitten off a little more than he could chew. Thus, he will embark upon the recuperation recommended. We know that rumors are flying around, but once he fully recharges, MOTÖRHEAD will be back, don’t you worry!”
In a statement issued on Saturday, the Wacken organizers said: “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 led to the point that continuing the show would have lead to a loss of quality.
“We are very happy and proud that Phil [Campbell], Mikkey [Dee] 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 played the following songs:
01. I Know How To Die
02. Damage Case
03. Stay Clean
05. Over The Top
06. The Chase Is Better Than The Catch
Professionally filmed video footage of 12 minutes’ worth of MOTÖRHEAD‘s abbreviated August 2 performance at this year’s Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany can be seen below.
A number of photos of MOTÖRHEAD‘s performance at Wacken Open Air 2013 can be found at Rocknroll-Reporter.de.
MOTÖRHEAD‘s new album, “Aftershock”, will be released in the fall. The follow-up to 2010’s “The Wörld Is Yours” was recorded at Maple Sound Studios in Santa Ana, California with longtime producer Cameron Webb.