Dave Grohl started off his eulogy by telling the story of the first words Lemmy Kilmister ever said to him: “Sorry about your friend Kurt [Cobain].” From there, it was an emotional roller coaster. Grohl brought laughs, touching stories, and finished it out with some true sadness over the loss of his idol.
The actual eulogy had issues with the live stream of the memorial, cutting out and featuring audio issues. But according to Rolling Stone, those in attendance were treated to a fine selection of stories. One showcased Lemmy’s big heart, something that let people know he was more than the drinking and smoking hard rocker:
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.”