By: Amber Harvey
“Contrary to some reports, Lem is alive and kicking so take no notice of these rumours from a****** tweeters,” said Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell via his Twitter yesterday (August 4) in response to widespread social media rumors that frontman Lemmy Kilmister was dead.
The rumors began to circulate over the weekend after the rock legends were forced to cut short their show at Germany’s Wacken Festival on Friday due to concerns over Lemmy's health, which stemmed from the hematoma the bassist sustained in late June.
As reported by Revolver, “Motörhead rocked the Black Stage for more than 30 minutes and Lemmy gave everything to play an amazing show,” said organizers of the Wacken Festival. The group reportedly played “I Know How to Die,” “Damage Case,” “Stay Clean” and “Metropolis and Over the Top” and “The Chase is Better Than the Catch.”
“They did everything humanly possible to play this gig,” the organizers continued.
This story was mirrored on Motörhead’s website, where the “Ace of Spades” camp released the following statement:
“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 a** in the 100+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.”
We aren’t too worried—especially since the heavy metal vets are set release their 21st studio album, Aftershock, in the fall.
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