Dave Grohl Delivers Emotional Eulogy at Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister's Memorial Service
By Elizabeth VanMetre
As Motörhead's frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister was laid to rest on Saturday, his friend David Grohl honored him with an emotional eulogy.
After sharing a story about meeting the 70-year-old rock star in a Los Angeles strip club, he talked about the first time Kilmister met his family, including his daughter who was in a crib. Grohl said as soon as Kilmister saw his child, he put out the cigarette he was smoking in the whiskey he was holding.
“To most people, that would seem like nothing, I suppose,” Grohl shared. “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.”
"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," he continued in the heart-rending speech.
Grohl found himself overcome with emotions after sharing what he got Kilmister for his birthday, but was never able to give him. The pair were apparently both fans of Little Richard. Grohl managed to meet up with the star, who gave him a signed autographed biblical pamphlet.
"I wanted to give it to him for his birthday," told the congregation through tears and read the psalms written on it.
The Motörhead frontman died on Monday, Dec. 28 after a “short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer,” the band confirmed on their Facebook page.
“We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words,” Motörhead’s announcement reads. “We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please…play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD.”
Kilmister, who formed the band in 1975 after being fired from English space rock group Hawkwind, “learnt of the disease on December 26th,” according to the statement.
“Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself,” the band wrote. “HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.”
To see what else we know about his death, watch the video below.