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2nd August 2013, 9.00pm BST


Within the last hour Motörhead have had to pull their performance at this year's Wacken festival short due to the failing health of Lemmy.

The band left the stage after just six numbers and details of exactly what happened are not yet totally clear.

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Our man at Wacken reports that Lemmy told the crowd: "I've been ill recently - I've come onstage to play some rock n' roll and fuck myself even more."

Apparently Phil Campbell was paying close attention to Lemmy during the whole of the set.

Motörhead played six songs and Lemmy looked "pale". The band apparently sounded good although they played slower than usual.

The band opened with 'I Know How To Die', 'Damage Case' and 'Stay Clean' and after the fourth song, 'Metropolis', Lemmy went for a "breather" and left Phil Campbell to solo away.

The band continued with 'Over The Top' and 'The Chase Is Better Than The Catch' then left the stage with no announcement or no warning. It is believed that Lemmy collapsed behind the speakers after the sixth song.

An ambulance was seen leaving the backstage area but we absolutely cannot confirm that this was connected with the Lemmy situation.

An announcement was made from the stage by Saxon and Wacken manager Thomas Jensen very shortly after the incident but this was in German and our man at the scene does not speak the language.

More to follow when we have it. Stay posted...

In the meantime, our very best wishes go to Lemmy. Please get well soon!


Doro Pesch has just announced from the Wacken stage two songs into her set that "Lemmy is doing fine..."


Thomas Jensen said in his announcement that the Motörhead set was over and he did not know what to do or say to make it any better.


Phil Campbell has just guested with with Doro Pesch live on the Wacken stage on a cover of Judas Priest's 'Breaking The Law'. It is obviously unlikely that he would have done this if Lemmy's condition was overly serious.

More updates to follow, hopefully positive ones...



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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