Lemmy Kilmister has announced that Motorhead are postponing their upcoming European tour until early 2014 to allow him more time to recover from a recent series of health woes.

The group was scheduled to begin the trek on Nov. 7 in Zurich, Switzerland, but Lemmy has declared in a statement on the band's official Facebook page that he is "not quite ready to hit the road yet."

The iconic rocker suffered a hematoma back in June, and around that time it was also revealed that the singer and bassist had been fitted with a defibrillator to help him with undisclosed heart problems. He attempted to return to the stage in early August, but was forced to cut the band's Wacken Open Air Festival set short due to a combination of 100-degree heat and the lingering effects of his recent medical issues.

The full statement from Lemmy reads:

I have to sadly let you know that Motörhead has had to postpone the forthcoming European tour until early next year, 2014.

We have made the decision because I am not quite ready to hit the road yet, and am working my way back to full fitness and rude health. Don't worry - I'm not about to start promoting veganism and alcohol-free beverages, but it is fair to say that I personally have been reconfiguring areas of my life to make sure I can come back fitter and stronger than ever.

It disappointed me tremendously to have to say I wasn't quite ready to hit the road yet, but not nearly as much as it would've disappointed me to go out, play some average shows and watch my health give way long before the tour was over! When people come to see a Motörhead tour, they expect a Motörhead show, and that is exactly what you will get as soon as I am fit and ready to rumble.

Your patience and understanding is appreciated...and know that I'm getting stronger and stronger every day, so watch out next spring Europe and we will see you then.

Thank you all,


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