Watch: Dave Grohl’s Emotional Tribute to Lemmy Kilmister

Lemmy's loved ones share memories at his memorial service (Jan. 9).

On Saturday, Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister was sent off with an emotional memorial service at Los Angeles’ Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetary. Dave Grohl, Slash, Motörhead’s Mikkey Dee, GNR 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 paid tribute to Kilmister.

Grohl closed the ceremony with a particularly moving eulogy about his friendship with Kilmister and told the story of the first time they ever met: at a Los Angeles strip club where Lemmy was on the side playing video games.

Unfortunately, the stream cut out as Grohl was about to say exactly what Lemmy said to him when they first met. According to those who attended the memorial service, he said, “I’m sorry about your friend, Kurt [Cobain]”.

Another notable memory Grohl shared was a time when he ran into Lemmy backstage at a concert and he decided to introduce him to his family. Upon entering the dressing room with whiskey and a cigarette in his hands, he noticed Grohl’s newborn baby laying in the crib and immediately put his cigarette out in his drink. Grohl said this meant a lot to him because:

“…that was my hero putting out his cigarette into his drink and putting it aside because my daughter was there in the room…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.”

The final thought Grohl shared was that he wished he could’ve given Lemmy a biblical pamphlet autographed by Little Richard that he had because they were both huge fans of him. By chance, Grohl had met Little Richard’s son at LAX and he had given it to him. While telling this story, Grohl took out the autographed pamphlet and became filled with emotion. He closed the ceremony with the title of the pamphlet and an emotionally filled send off. “Precious Lord, Take My Hand… Cheers, Lemmy,” Grohl finished.

Watch more eulogies from Lemmy’s Memorial here: