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Dave Grohl Tearfully Eulogizes Lemmy: ‘He Told Me He Was Sorry About Kurt’

Dave Grohl delivered an emotional eulogy for Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister at his funeral last night. Mikkey Dee, Matt Sorum, Slash, Mike Inez, Scott Ian, Rob Halford, Robert Trujillo, and Lars Ulrich also spoke. Alternative Nation transcribed Grohl discussing meeting Lemmy for the first time.

“He’s my hero. He’s the one true rock and roller that bridged my love of AC/DC, and Sabbath, and Zeppelin, with my love of GBH, the Ramones, and Black Flag. So I walked up, and said, ‘Excuse me Lemmy, I don’t want to bother you, but you’ve influenced me so much. You’re my musical hero. I’m a musician, I play in the Foo Fighters, and I was in Nirvana.’

He looked up to me from the video game, and the first think he ever said to me, he said, ‘I’m sorry about your friend Kurt.’ In that moment, [he went from being] the whiskey drinking, badass motherfuckin’ rock star, to being this gunslinging, whiskey drinking, badbass motherfuckin’ rock star with a heart. And I walked away thinking I may never see him again, but that’s enough for the rest of my life, but then we became friends. It’s one thing when you have a hero, but it’s another thing when your hero becomes your friend.”

Dave Grohl Gets Tattoo In Honor Of Lemmy Kilmister

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl got an ‘Ace of Spades’ tattoo in honor of late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. Check out the photo below! Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready also wrote a tribute to Lemmy and discussed his influence on the Grunge scene, which you can read below the photo.


Mike McCready’s tribute:

In the early 80’s a fellow named Chris P had a lot of parties and my band Shadow (Rob Webber, Danny Newcomb, Chris Friel and myself) went to many of them. Also often there were Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mark Arm and a lot of other Seattle musicians. We (Shadow) were friends with and played shows with Overlord (Glen Logan, Steve Van Liew , Kurt Lofstrom, Kenny Kubsen). There wasn’t a huge scene back then, but we all put on shows with both metal and punk bands around Seattle. The one band the metals heads and punks could agree on was Motörhead. “Ace of Spades” and “No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith” were played constantly at these parties.

Motörhead had great songs that were fast with tons of attitude. It felt dangerous to listen to Lemmy’s bass and tales from the road that we all wanted to be on. Fast Eddie and Philthy Phil Taylor rocked hard with Lemmys Marshall bass amps with the volume pinned to 10. Rick Friel, Chris Friel , Danny Newcomb and I were a few of the lucky fans that got to see Motörhead actually smash a Dodge Dart in the parking lot of Tower Records. This was a promotion for the show later that night at the Paramount on the Iron Fist Tour. Was such a cool experience! I will never forget seeing Lemmy beating the shit out of that old car with a sledgehammer. I wish I still had my autographed broken sledgehammer handle that I picked up from the mess. That night we all went to the Paramount with about 400 people total in the audience! Lemmy said, “Next time bring some of your friends!”

They then launched into the loudest show I’ve over seen! Thank you, Lemmy, for being a huge influence on this young guitar player all those years ago!!

Don’t forget the joker!

– Mike McCready

Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Foo Fighters, STP & Nirvana Members Remember Lemmy Kilmister

Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), William DuVall (Alice In Chains), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), and Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver) have all posted tributes for Lemmy Kilmister, the legendary Motorhead frontman who passed away yesterday at the age of 70.

William DuVall:

Lemmy was always cool to me. So many stories. My favorite: About 15 years ago, I was driving down Sunset Blvd. near where I lived in West Hollywood. I pulled over into a driveway to talk to someone on my cellphone (this was before I had Bluetooth) and looked up to see Lemmy walking toward my car. He leaned in my passenger window and asked me if I could give him a ride to his favorite strip club in Silver Lake. I said, “Sure.” On our drive, we talked about a wide range of topics – music, global history, World War II. Lemmy was extremely well read and erudite. When we pulled up outside the club, Lemmy pulled out a couple of $20 bills to hand me. I said, “No, man, it’s cool, really.” Lemmy said, “Come on. I see you’re driving on your spare tire (which was true). Go on, take it. You need it. No time to be proud. I appreciate the lift. And the talk.” So I took the money, let Lemmy out, and drove onward. The truth was I did need it. I had risked everything to move to Los Angeles with my band, Comes With The Fall. I was driving around in the 1995 Mercury Tracer that my grandfather had left me, the car that had gotten me across the country. I’d gotten a flat a couple of weeks earlier and, as Lemmy noted, was still driving on the “donut” spare tire because I couldn’t afford a proper replacement. Trying to keep CWTF going – putting out records independently, chasing down gigs, etc. – and simultaneously keep myself going (eating, paying the rent, etc.) meant that things were often very touch and go financially. I appreciated the simplicity and straightforwardness of Lemmy’s reasoning. Just as I often appreciated the no-nonsense clarity of his statements in interviews. The way he spoke was illustrative of the way he lived his life. As many others have already pointed out, and will continue to in the days, weeks, and months to come, Lemmy was one of a kind. And it’s just a fact of life that Motörhead ruled. One of the singular seminal bands right up there with the Stooges, the MC5, and the Ramones. They will live forever and their legend will only grow from this day forward. As it should be. Thank you, Lemmy.

Motorhead Frontman Lemmy Kilmister Passes Away

Motorhead frontman Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister died today at the age of 70. “There is no easy way to say this,” Motörhead said. “Our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer.”

“He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family,” the band said. “We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words.”

Lemmy’s 70th birthday had just been celebrated with an all star concert just over a week ago. Performers included Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES), Duff McKagan (GUNS N’ ROSES), Matt Sorum (GUNS N’ ROSES), Gilby Clarke (GUNS N’ ROSES), Robert Trujillo (METALLICA), Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), Steve Jones (SEX PISTOLS), Steve Vai, Billy Duffy (THE CULT), Chris Jericho (FOZZY), Doug Pinnick (KING’S X), Franky Perez (APOCALYPTICA), Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE), Bob Kulick (MEAT LOAF, ALICE COOPER) and Billy Idol.

Rest in peace Lemmy.