It was a tense evening for insomniacs and Southern Hemisphere Motörhead fans: overnight on Saturday/Sunday reports emerged that Motörhead frontman Lemmy had passed away. Thankfully the reports were false, and were traced back to a blog posting by a promoter in Brazil.
Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell put fans' concerns to rest when he tweeted "Contrary to some reports, Lem is alive and kicking so take no notice of these rumors from [expletive] tweeters." Those tweeters appear to have been following a message posted by Top Link Music referencing a 2:30am phone call that Lemmy had passed away. Thankfully Lemmy lives to see another day, and will hopefully be back at his spot at the Rainbow Bar & Grill soon.
A day earlier, Motörhead were forced to cut short their set at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany due to concerns over Lemmy's health. Lemmy has been through the wars recently with heart trouble and a hematoma (blood collecting outside a blood vessel), and several shows had recently been cancelled.
The band made it through six songs and a Phil Campbell guitar solo, ending the planned 75-minute set at the 30-minute mark.
"Motörhead rocked the Black Stage for more than 30 minutes and Lemmy gave everything he's got to play an amazing live show," the band said. "He's keeping well — but the temperatures and circumstances led to the point that continuing the show would have lead to a loss of quality. We are very happy and proud that Phil, Mikkey and particularly Mr. Rock 'N' Roll himself, Lemmy Kilmister, played W:O: A 2013 and that they did everything humanly possible to play this gig. Thank you so much, guys!"