CHICAGO - AUGUST 30:  Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead performs at the House Of Blues Chicago on August 30, 2009 in Chicago, Illi
Lyle A. Waisman

Just know right off the bat that revered metal icon Lemmy Kilmister is immortal and will 100% outlive us all. His blood is 50% Jack Daniels. He still lives in near squalor in West Hollywood. And his band puts on the single loudest show you'll ever hear.

But even the gods need to take some time off from getting wasted on the road to relax and get wasted at home, as Motörhead was forced to cancel a string of European tour dates due to Lemmy's ongoing health problems.

The singer is recovering from a post-operative hematoma. The band was originally only supposed to miss a few shows, but doctors have asked Lemmy to rest a bit longer. As if a mere doctor can tell Lemmy what to do. (Spoiler: They can, apparently.)

The band released the following statement on their website:

Regretfully, Motörhead announces it has had to cancel its remaining six summer festival appearances. The band hate to let their fans down by missing any shows, but they expect to be back in full force this fall.

As you may have heard, earlier this Spring Lemmy had some medical maintenance for the long-term good. He was, at that time, advised to rest, but once feeling better, he of course resumed his life as usual. He has since been advised that he should immediately take some more time to rest.

Lemmy says: I'd like to thank everyone who wish me well, it was a tough decision for me as I don't like to disappoint the fans especially in times where economy is bad and people spent their money to see us. But sometimes you can't do anything else than following doctor's orders, but be sure we will be back and kick everybody's ass.

There you have it! You can now stop worrying, redirect those cards, flowers and chocolates to a loved one (who will appreciate them far more), keep calm and carry on! Lemmy and Motörhead certainly are! Thanks and see you in the fall for their new album in the form of a massive Aftershock...

As a friendly reminder, you will, hopefully many, many decades from now, at some point die and Lemmy will still be there, cackling and drinking Jack and Cokes at the Rainbow. Have a nice day.

Lemmy Hanging Out at the Rainbow