Chris Jericho Says He Was Fairly Tight With Lemmy Kilmister

Fozzy lead singer Chris Jericho joined an interview with Classic Rock and opened up about his idol and the late Motörhead icon Lemmy Kilmister. Jericho talked about his relationship with Kilmister while unveiling some of their conversations on various topics.

Motörhead’s legacy was set in stone as the milestone band of the new wave of British heavy metal, a musical movement that reached its highest success in the ’80s, along with Saxon, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, and many more. The band’s heavy and loud sound inspired the next generation of musicians, such as Metallica, Slipknot, and Napalm Death. According to some critics, they owed much to Motörhead and its members.

Especially, Kilmister’s riffs became genre-defining works for the music industry and other artists. As one of them, Jericho, who always admired Kilmister’s style and praised his contributions to rock and metal, stated that he was very close with the guitarist. According to the Fozzy frontman, he and the late guitarist shared the same tastes and often talked about them.

Jericho revealed that they often had fun conversations about John Cleese and Connie Booth’s British television sitcom ‘Fawlty Towers,’ rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry, and the Cavern Club alongside other important and obscure figures in the rock music industry. His words show that Jericho and Kilmister had a close friendship that lasted for years until Kilmister passed away on December 28, 2015.

Jericho’s statement read:

“Mick Jagger’s still an inspiration – even at almost eighty years old, the guy’s an amazing performer. I’d love to do some shows with AC/DC to see how those guys work up close and personal. I was fairly tight with Lemmy. We’d have fun conversations about ‘Fawlty Towers,’ the Cavern Club, Chuck Berry, and more obscure rock’n’roll guys.”

Fozzy’s Chris Jericho added that along with Kilmister, one of the musicians that influenced him was The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, who was still performing nonstop during their shows despite his age. Later in the conversation, Jericho also highlighted AC/DC’s reign on rock music for decades.