Monday, February 1, 2016

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine pays tribute to Lemmy Kilmister


Megadeth's Dave Mustaine paid tribute to Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister during an appearance on Ozzy's Boneyard, you can read some excerpts below.

Mustaine said: "Those of us that were really close to Lemmy knew that he was giving everything he had left to continue to let the show go on, but also knew that he was really frail. What a giant, though."

About his initial meeting with Lemmy, he said: "I think the very first time we played with them was back in 1985 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium with Motorhead, the Plasmatics singer Wendy O. Williams and her solo project, and then we opened. That was the start of the big famous dating or whatever thing between Gar Samuelson and Wendy for a couple of days and our first little skirmish with Motorhead. And we've had a very real, very close relationship ever since, because it just kind of started off on a, 'Hey, well, you may be Motorhead, but we're Megadeth' kind of thing, and I think that really set the relationship, because we had gotten so close over the years."

He continued: "I remember playing at the Gods Of Metal festival in Italy, and their bus broke down, and either they were gonna get their show canceled or we had to take their time slot and go on earlier and give them our time slot, and we graciously said, 'Yeah,' because, you know, it's Lemmy. C'mon! It's Motorhead."

According to Mustaine, Motorhead's influence can still be heard in Megadeth's music to this day. He said: "It's funny. I was just thinking the other day. On our new record, we have a song that's very 'Fast' Eddie-style playing. But I didn't even realize how much that kind of quick English riffing had influenced me, 'cause Motorhead has a style that's really cool [and] all its own."

Recalling the final time he spoke to Lemmy, Mustaine said: "The last time we had a really long conversation, I would say, would have been on the last Gigantour that he had done, when Motorhead went out with Megadeth a couple of years ago."

He continued: "Lemmy was one of those real kind of dudes that, if he liked you, he liked you. You didn't have to have one of these fake kind of friendships that have to be on life support all the time in order for it to be a friendship. I'm sure you know plenty of people like that. I've got a lot of people in my life."