Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez mourned iconic Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister in Instagram posts on Christmas Eve.
Dave Grohl posted on his Backbeat BBQ Instagram page, “Happy Birthday, Lem. Wish you were here for some Backbeat and Jack Daniels sauce. Miss you, man. #backbeatbbq ? @mastersteverapport.”
Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez posted on Instagram, “Happy Birthday to my mentor and friend. This is a shot from when he actually let me play bass on a Motorhead record with him. (Under The Gun from the Kiss Of Death record). He was the straightest of shooters and the funniest of jesters.”
Dave Grohl delivered an emotional eulogy for Motorhead’s Lemmy at his funeral in January 2016. 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.”