Motörhead icon Lemmy told fans at Wacken that doctors had told him it was time to retire – just minutes before he was forced to cut their festival appearance short due to ill health.
The veteran frontman disappeared 35 minutes into what was supposed to be a 70-minute show, still suffering after-effects from the haematoma which had forced the band to cancel several European gigs last month.
According to BraveWords, Lemmy has admitted that doctors had advised him to retire, but added: “We’ll have to see about that.”
His friend Slash visited him yesterday and later tweeted: “He’s doing well. There’s been a lot of rumours but he’s in good shape, and finishing Motörhead record now.”
Black Sabbath axeman Tony Iommi, who’s suffered his own health issues in recent years after being diagnosed with cancer in 2011, sent a public message to Lemmy in which he said: “Wishing you a speedy recovery. Best wishes, Tony.”
Motörhead released a statement earlier this week after the Wacken incident, saying: “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 fans down. They kicked ass for a shortened, but powerful, set before Lemmy finally realised he might have bitten off a little more than he could chew. Once he fully recharges Motorhead will be back – don’t you worry!”
Lemmy’s longtime bandmate Phil Campbell will be playing a set on the Jagermeister Stage at the Bloodstock Festival on Sunday.