On April 5, 1994, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide in his home in Seattle, Washington. The suicide would ultimately be the end of the band, and the beginning of then-drummer Dave Grohl's career with Foo Fighters about one year later.
Now in a an interview with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich on his It's Electric! show, Grohl recounts meeting Motorhead frontman and bassist Lemmy four years after Cobain's suicide. Grohl says the very first thing Lemmy ever said to him was an apology about Cobain's suicide, which Grohl recounts not quite being what he'd expected from a character such as Lemmy at the time.
"I'd never met him or anything like that and then once in the end, like, 1998 or something, I was at this strip club with a bunch of friends and Lemmy was at the video poker thing. I mean, I saw him and he might as well have been Elvis. I was just like, 'Oh my god, that's Lemmy — no way," and I go back to the bathroom and I'm like, 'I have to pay my respects to the guy, like, damn he's a hero. He's a legend, you know.'
And so I walk up to him and said, 'Hey man, I just want to say your music changed my life. I've loved it since I was a kid or whatever.' And he looked at me and grunted. I didn't think he would recognize me or anything. But he looks at me and said, 'Hey man, I'm sorry about what happened to your friend Kurt.' It's like the first thing he ever said to me and I'm like, What a thing to say. What a sweet thing to say to a stranger. I walked away just thinking, Oh my God. And he's got a heart? He's a gun-slinging badass. And so it just made me love him even more. It was a very generous and caring thing to say to someone that he didn't have to say that to at all."
Ugh, we miss you Lemmy. Come back!