Motorhead Cancel European Dates As Lemmy Recovers

Frontman suffering from exhaustion, flu and a lung infection.

Metal band Motörhead have canceled remaining European tour dates as frontman Lemmy Kilmister recovers from exhaustion, flu and a lung infection.

Kilmister was hospitalized in Northern Italy over the weekend, and will have to remain in that country recovering for at least two weeks, according to his manager.

“Lemmy will never even go to a doctor,” manager Todd Singerman said. “When I heard he went to a hospital, I figured that was the end of him.”

True to form, Kilmister didn’t remain in the facility long. He has checked into a nearby hotel to do his convalescing, though he will have to return to the hospital to drain more fluid from his lungs, Singerman said.

Kilmister had been ill with the flu for quite some time, Singerman said. “With the bumpy roads, the weather, the border crossings, he just couldn’t get any rest,” he said.

Before canceling the remainder of their tour, Motörhead had skipped shows scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Austria, hoping to rest enough to do a handful of Italian performances slated to kick off Tuesday (December 12) in Florence.

The band was on the tail end of a grueling nine-week road trip to promote their 25th anniversary best-of album, released in August, and their latest studio album, We Are Motörhead, released in May. The outing involved 39 stops in 48 days, most recently through such countries as Russia, Poland and Lithuania.