Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl performed The Beatles classic “Blackbird” during the memorial segment of the Oscars. Grohl said he played the Oscars because when he told his daughter he had been given an offer to perform on the show, she told him he had to do it.
Dave Grohl delivered an emotional eulogy for Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister at his funeral last month. 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.”