Motörhead Cut Set Short at Wacken Open Air Festival 8.2.13 [Pro-Shot YouTube Video]

Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published August 4, 2013

Legendary hard rockers Motörhead are having a rough year as lead singer & bassist Lemmy Kilmister fights through health problems.

This weekend, Blabbermouth reports that the band was forced to cut their set short due to Lemmy's inability to finish. The band was scheduled to play a 75 minute set, but ended up playing for less than 30 minutes. Check out pro-shot video, which shows Lemmy struggling on vocals but still rocking his bass pretty damn hard on the songs "Damage Case," "Metropolis," and "Over The Top":

After the band's first song, Lemmy says:

Well, as you might know, I've been in a hospital. I was very sick at the time. I'm getting better now. Ha! So, uh, I thought we'd come along and see if we could completely cripple ourselves playing for you fuckers!

Earlier this year, Motörhead was forced to cancel much of their European tour due to Lemmy's health. The video shows Lemmy sounding even more haggard than usual, singing off-tune and off-time.


At Zumic, we have mixed emotions about Motörhead's very public health issues. We respect the fact that Lemmy is a true die-hard musician who continues pushing himself to perform. At the same time, he's 67 years old and his body is breaking down after years of drinking and drugging.

Blabbermouth reported that when Lemmy left the stage in the middle of the set at Wacken Open Air, there was confusion and concern about what was going on. If he continues pushing himself like this, he's going to die and we could see a lawsuit about whether his management was responsible for his premature death, much like what we're seeing with Michael Jackson's family and AEG Live.

Of course, the most famous line Lemmy ever sang was "That's the way I like it baby, I don't wanna live forever!"

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