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Motorhead Call Off Remaining Summer 2013 European Festival Dates

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Though it was recently revealed that Motorhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister was “alive, breathing, talking, f—ing, drinking, eating and reading,” the band is still calling off the remainder of their 2013 European festival performances as a precautionary measure.

The frontman was recently fitted with a defibrillator to deal with an irregular heartbeat and he suffered a hematoma where blood began collecting outside of a blood vessel.

In a recent interview with Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet (excerpted by Blabbermouth), drummer Mikkey Dee provided an update on the situation in which he confirmed that the eight remaining shows would be called off as well.

“Everything started with him falling and getting a nasty blow to his hip a little over a week ago,” explained the drummer. Dee also revealed that he further aggravated his injury when a fire alarm went off at a London hotel and he was forced to walk eight flights of stairs.

Dee added, “He needs to have his body drained of fluid and that can’t be done too quickly. When he remains in bed and can’t move, he can easily get pneumonia … If you can’t move properly, other issues will follow. He is devastated beyond belief. It has a bigger effect on him than it would anyone else. It’s like chopping off a piano player’s hands. This is his life.”

The drummer also spoke with, and he told the site that Lemmy’s health is improving, but the doctors are also recommending that he rest for the next few weeks. At present, the band plans to turn their focus to their upcoming album and returning to Europe this fall for more dates. The ‘Aftershock’ album is tentatively slated for a September 2013 release.

Next: Motorhead Promise Lemmy Kilmister Is Fine

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