The 69-year-old rocker, who has battled a stomach bug, complications from diabetes, and problems with his legs since undergoing heart surgery in 2013, suffered breathing difficulties just three songs into Motorhead's Salt Lake City show on Thursday (27Aug15), and the gig was abruptly scrapped.

Altitude sickness has been blamed for his latest health problems, and the band's management released a statement on late on Friday afternoon, alerting fans to the cancellation of the Denver show that night.

The statement read: "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."

Lemmy is due onstage in Austin, Texas on Tuesday (01Sep15).