Scott Ian Reveals The ‘Awesome And Horrible’ Memory He Had With Lemmy Kilmister
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian talked about his first meeting with late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister during a recent appearance on The Fred Minnick Show.
Lemmy is considered the father of heavy rock music, and he was a great figure in the rock/metal community with his lifestyle, music, and many more. Unfortunately in 2015, Lemmy passed away due to prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia, and congestive heart failure.
In the conversation, Scott said that he was only 21 years old when he first met the legend himself and called Lemmy as his hero while showing how excited he is about meeting Lemmy for the first time.
Scott stated that he bumped into Lemmy at a bar in London in 1985 and offered him a drink. However, Lemmy figured out that Scott is a stranger and offered him a drink. Even though Scott wasn’t drinking at the time, he didn’t reject the offer of Lemmy.
While Scott was saying that this was awesome and horrible memory at the same time, he also mentioned that they met each other after a while on backstage and said that Lemmy actually remembered him in there.
Here is what Scott Ian said about Lemmy:
“Well, the first whiskey I ever had was a Jack & Coke with Lemmy in 1985 at a bar in London where I bumped into him. He’s my hero, and I bumped into him in a bar – and I didn’t even drink at the time.
I was 21, I didn’t drink. And I saw Lemmy and I offered to buy him a drink. And he said, ‘You’re in my town, I’ll buy you a drink. What are you having?’ And I didn’t even know how to answer that question, so I just said, ‘I’ll have whatever you’re having.’
And he was drinking Jack & Coke, so all of a sudden I’ve got a whiskey in front of me and I’m worried that I’m gonna throw up on his white boots and get fired from heavy metal.”
“It’s a gateway for a lot of people but not everybody can have their first whiskey indoctrination with Lemmy! That’s awesome!”
Scott Ian replied:
“It was awesome and it was horrible. Six months later, we played our first-ever headlining gig in London, and he was there backstage. And he’s saying hi to everybody, and he looks at me and he’s like, ‘How are you feeling?’ And I said, ‘You remember me?’
And he said, ‘Yeah, I met you at St. Ritz, we were drinking and at some point, you stopped speaking English.’ And I said, ‘I hope I didn’t do anything to offend you…’
He said, ‘No, I just couldn’t understand what you were saying to me. And then you ran out of the bar. I figured you weren’t feeling so good.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I wasn’t that much of a drinker.’ He was like, ‘Yeah, I could tell.'”
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