UPDATE: Motörhead Cancels Saturday's Show Due to Illness

After almost a week of aborted and canceled shows, and growing anxiety among the group's fan base, Motörhead has now canceled its show scheduled for Saturday night at House of Blues, citing "medical reasons" in a press release from the venue. Refunds will be available at point of purchase.

However, the band's openers, fellow old-guard UK metal act Saxon, will instead play in HOB's smaller Bronze Peacock Room. Tickets are $20.

From Motörhead's official Facebook page:

Regrettably Motörhead have had to cancel their Dallas and Houston appearances. Saxon will still be playing in each city (please check local media for up-to-date venue information). Lemmy fully intends to resume touring duties as, and when, his doctors give him the all-clear.

STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER UPDATES, and as always, THANK YOU for your support, understanding and good wishes.

Earlier this week, Motörhead front man Lemmy Kilmister walked offstage after only three songs at Austin's Moody Theater, immediately raising concerns about the hard-living 69-year-old singer's health.

According to, Lemmy announced “I can't do it” and stopped Tuesday night's show during “Metropolis,” after struggling through “Damage Case” and “Stay Clean.” Given the group's accelerated tempos, this all probably happened in a matter of about five minutes. Motörhead then called off Wednesday night's show at San Antonio's Aztec Theater; the news made the front page of the Guardian's Web site Wednesday evening.

Besides Saturday's show at Houston's House of Blues, Motörhead was also scheduled to play Friday night at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, supporting their brand-new album Bad Magic, their 22nd studio release alongside storied live albums like No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith. That show was also canceled, with this message posted on the Bomb Factory's Facebook page:

Get well, Lemmy!

Posted by The Bomb Factory on Thursday, September 3, 2015
Motörhead's official line is that Lemmy continues to recover from a bout of altitude sickness that also forced him to cut short a show last week in Salt Lake City, where, according to Rolling Stone, he said, “Listen, I'm really sorry, guys. I've got a bad back, my back's really bad and I can't breathe up here. I'm really, really sorry.” The band also canceled their gig at Denver's Riot Fest the next day, joking on their Facebook page, “It's been quite a while since Lemmy was this 'high' in the U.S.” Relaying his latest health woes, they were a little more serious Wednesday:

As you might have heard, Motörhead again had to abbreviate a performance due to Lemmy not feeling well. This is a DIRECT follow-on from the altitude issues in Colorado, and clearly, Lemmy tried to get back at it too quickly. For this reason, Motörhead will not play in San Antonio tonight, but the show will still go on with Saxon headlining. Lemmy will resume duties the moment he is PROPERLY rested and firing on all cylinders again. The legendary Motörheadbanger patience is much appreciated, and the band send their deepest thanks. More details will be released soon.

The announcement drew upwards of 1,000 comments on Motörhead's official Facebook page, a mixed bag of disappointed fans – including one who had traveled to Texas all the way from Australia — and well-wishes to the ailing star. Given Lemmy's legendary resiliency, hopefully we'll see him before 2016 or shortly thereafter.

Get well soon, Lemmy. Come back quickly.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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