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Lemmy Kilmister Illness Forces Motorhead Tour Cancellations

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Motorhead (from left): Phil Campbell, Lemmy Kilmister, Mikkey Dee

The 67-year-old frontman is said have an unspecified hematoma, prompting several European dates to be postponed.

Motorhead has been forced to pull out of two dates on its European tour, including a performance at the See-Rock Festival in Austria this past Saturday and a show at Castello Sforzesco in Milan on Tuesday. Iconic frontman Lemmy Kilmister, 67, is said have an unspecified hematoma.

The metal band released a statement Sunday, via Facebook, “We are sorry to report that Motörhead will be forced to cancel the appearance in Milan. The band regret it very much but will make it up to all the fans as soon as possible.” The same statement was made on the official Lemmy Facebook page Sunday; and Wednesday, both pages started posting pictures and video clips but neither has released a further statement.

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A phone call to Motorhead manager Todd Singerman of Singerman Entertainment was not returned.

In the latest issue of Classic Rock Magazine, Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell revealed that Lemmy has a defibrillator, but whether it is external or internal (implantable) is unknown. A defibrillator is used to correct an irregular heartbeat.

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Motorhead has set Aftershock as the title of its 21st album, tentatively due in September. Aftershock will feature 13 songs, including "Death Machine;" "Heartbreaker;" "Going To Mexico;" "Knife;" "Lost Woman Blues"and "Dust And Glass." The trio’s last studio album, The Wörld Is Yours came out in 2010 and debuted at No. 94 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Motorhead is scheduled to play Germany on Friday.

See the rest of Motorhead's summer 2013 European tour dates below:

June 28 – Germany, Roitzschora
July 4– Sweden, Gothenburg Metaltown
July 6 – Germany, Sulingen Reload
July 9 – France, Argeles Sur Mer Festival Les Deferlantes
July 14 – Finland, Joensuu Ilossarirock
July 26 – Russia, Moscow Crocus City Hall
July 28 – Ukraine, Kiev Sports Palace
Aug. 2 – Germany Wacken Open Air
Aug. 4 – Belgium, Lokerse

UPDATE: On June 27, the band posted the following message on its official Facebook page:

We are happy to announce that despite rumors to the contrary, Lemmy is alive, breathing, talking, f**king, drinking, eating, reading and will be back to playing shows shortly. As reported, he did undergo a Motor-pit-stop for some medical maintenance this past spring, and the timing of his recent illness was unfortunate in that it came so soon after that. Lemmy & Co believe in the 'keep calm and carry on' way of thinking. Fans can anticipate more Motörhead live action this summer, as well as the most exciting Motörhead in years, Aftershock, this Fall.

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