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Watch Dave Grohl’s Emotional Eulogy From Lemmy’s Memorial Service

Slash, Scott Ian, Lars Ulrich, Robert Trujillo and more pay tribute to Motörhead legend

Motörhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister was laid to rest Saturday with a memorial service at Los Angeles’ Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. With Kilmister’s casket adorned by flowers, photos, Motörhead insignias and Marshall amps, Dave Grohl closed out the service with a moving eulogy where he talked about the first time he ever met his “hero” Kilmister: At a Los Angeles strip club where the Motörhead legend was off to the side playing a video game.

(Unfortunately, the stream cut out right as Grohl, who introduced himself to Kilmister as a member of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, relayed the first words Lemmy ever said to him. According to those at the service, and Grohl’s previous telling of the anecdote, Kilmister told him, “Sorry about your friend Kurt [Cobain].”)

Grohl next shared a story about how, upon running into Lemmy backstage at a concert, introduced Kilmister to his family. Upon entering the dressing room with whiskey and cigarette in hand, Kilmister spotted Grohl’s newborn daughter off to the side in a crib and, without saying anything, put his cigarette out in his drink.

“To most people, that would seem like nothing, I suppose. But to me, that was my hero putting out his cigarette into his drink and putting it aside because my daughter was there in the room,” Grohl said. “I think what everybody has always known or at least learned today is that Lemmy was not only that kind of… whiskey-drinking rock and roll star, but he had the biggest heart and set such a great example because he was so kind to everyone.”

Grohl then told the congregation, “He and I shared a love of Little Richard,” which segued into the most emotional portion of the eulogy. Grohl said that, other than Lemmy, there was no one he wanted to meet more than Little Richard. By chance, Grohl encountered Little Richard’s son at LAX airport, who escorted the rocker to a nearby limousine that was chauffeuring the singer. Little Richard rolled down his window and, after briefly chatting, handed Grohl an autographed biblical pamphlet.

Grohl, at Lemmy’s service, took that autographed pamphlet out of his jacket pocket and became overwhelmed with emotion. “I wanted to give it to him for his birthday,” Grohl said, who then read a psalm titled “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” from the pamphlet given to him by Little Richard. “Cheers, Lemmy,” Grohl said in conclusion as a wave of amplifier distortion from a strummed bass guitar next to Kilmister’s casket ushered service goers out of the parlor.

Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash also said a few words about Kilmister during memorial service. “Lemmy is just somebody that I feel so honored to be friends with,” Slash said. “He was such a fucking great example of what most of my peers all want to be: Somebody who was true to their school, someone who had more integrity in one finger than a room full of rock n’ rollers, and straight up honest and 100-percent loyal.”

Motörhead’s Mikkey Dee, GN’R drummer Matt Sorum, Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich and Alice in Chains’ Mike Inez were among those who also remembered Lemmy at the memorial service, which can seen in its entirety below:


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