Triple H Remembers Friend Lemmy Kilmister, Talks Motorhead and the WWE Audience, Their Friendship
– Triple H recently spoke with Metal Hammer magazine to remember his friend Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead. The full interview is at this link. Below are highlights:
What was it like speaking at Lemmy’s funeral? You were standing up in front of some of your own rock and metal heroes.
“When they asked me to do it, I asked them, ‘Are you asking me because you want me to do this, or are you asking me because you think I want to do this? Because if it’s because you think, ‘Oh, H would probably want to speak,’ then I won’t do it’. They said it was because they wanted me to do it, and so yeah, I was sat with Gene Simmons in the front row, and Ozzy’s just behind me, and then I’m up there in front of the Metallica guys and Dave Grohl and Dee Snider from Twisted Sister. These people are peers and friends of his, so I was definitely out of my comfort zone. I was honoured to be amongst those people, and I made a point of saying that at the start.”
Doing the Game theme and connecting with the WWE audience became a big part of Motörhead’s identity moving forwards.
“It’s funny; after Motörhead did The Game, Lemmy used to say to me that there were a lot more younger kids at Motörhead shows. You’d get people that’d have heard of Motörhead, but they’d think it was, like, a biker brand or something, like, ‘I’d heard of these guys, but I didn’t know they sounded like this!’ They were just so different to anything else [being used in WWE] at the time. And after I posted on social media after he passed away, a lot of people replied to me saying, ‘Thank you for getting me into Motörhead’. That meant a lot to me. We also got some [WWE] flags made for the funeral, and it was really cool seeing those up there as well.”
It seemed like you and Lemmy became great friends along the way.
“When we did an interview together a few months ago, they asked him what he thinks about our relationship, and I’m sure I’ll get the exact quote wrong, but he basically said that in life you sometimes just have a connection with people. That was really cool!”
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