MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell tweeted the following message earlier today:
"Contrary to some reports, Lem [MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister] is alive and kicking so take no notice of these rumours from asshole tweeters."
MOTÖRHEAD was forced to cut its set short at this year's Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany due to Lemmy's health.
The band played only six songs this past Friday before leaving the stage, effectively pulling the plug on what was supposed to be a 75-minute concert.
Brazilian promoter Top Link Music, which had organized MOTÖRHEAD's tours in Latin America in the past, posted a message earlier today (see screenshot below) erroneously announcing that Lemmy had died. The message cited a phone call that Top Link Music's Paulo Baron received at 2:30 a.m. — supposedly confirmed by several other sources — indicating Lemmy had passed away. Top Link Music has since retracted the statement and apologized for the error.
MOTÖRHEAD canceled a handful of shows on its European festival tour last month after Lemmy, suffered a haematoma (where blood collects outside of a blood vessel). The news of Lemmy's latest medical issue followed reports that he was also recently fitted with a defibrillator because of heart problems.
In a statement issued yesterday, the Wacken organizers said: "MOTÖRHEAD rocked the Black Stage for more than 30 minutes and Lemmy gave everything he's got to play an amazing live show. 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 [Campbell], Mikkey [Dee] 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!"
MOTÖRHEAD played the following songs:
01. I Know How To Die
02. Damage Case
03. Stay Clean
05. Over The Top
06. The Chase Is Better Than The Catch
Professionally filmed video footage of 12 minutes' worth of MOTÖRHEAD's abbreviated August 2 performance at this year's Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany can be seen below.
A number of photos of MOTÖRHEAD's performance at Wacken Open Air 2013 can be found at Rocknroll-Reporter.de.
MOTÖRHEAD's new album, "Aftershock", will be released in the fall. The follow-up to 2010's "The Wörld Is Yours" was recorded at Maple Sound Studios in Santa Ana, California with longtime producer Cameron Webb.
Pictured below: screenshot of Top Link Music's original statement announcing Lemmy's "death"