Motorhead Cancel Riot Fest Denver Appearance Due to Altitude

After guitarist Lemmy Kilmister had problems with the thin air in Salt Lake City earlier this week, Motorhead decided to cancel their appearance in Denver on Friday.

At an average of 5,883 feet above sea level, Denver's air would have been even thinner than Salt Lake City which is at 4,227 feet. The band felt that it just wouldn't be wise to tax Lemmy's system.

The band said on Facebook:
The Rocky Mountain High has affected Lemmy like the high altitude of Salt Lake City. It's been quite a while since Lemmy was this 'high' in the U.S., and thus having got a burst of altitude sickness (which made it hard for him to breathe and sing properly), he has very reluctantly decided not perform in Denver. Lemmy is really sorry and wants to thank the fans for their support and trust. He looks forward to the next-up Texas shows…at low elevations.
Motorhead play Austin on Tuesday.

Riot Fest promoters had not yet decided whether any refunds would be offered. Friday's lineup also included System of a Down, Iggy Pop, Ice Cube, Anthrax, Cyprus Hill, the Black Lips and numerous other acts.

Lemmy has had numerous health problems over the last two years including the implantation of a defibrillator, a blood clot and food poisoning.

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