In a recent interview with MetalInsider.net, rock legend Lemmy Kilmister of Motrhead admitted that he is proud to be counted as one of Metallica's greatest influences.
When asked by MetalInsider if he still got a kick out of guys like Dave Grohl and Metallica citing him as a major influence on their music, Kilmister responded: "Well, Metallica's starting to feel the old age bite now, aren't they? (laughing) They've been around a long time now. I mean, you can't top Metallica. They're really a f---ing excellent band. I'm delighted that they said that I was one of their influences. Like, they have all of their influences, and you can't hear the influences in them, which is great. They've become their own people, and that's great. I like them a lot. I've spent a lot of time with those boys. There's a clip of me jamming with them in Nashville, Tennessee in the ["Lemmy"] movie."
Lemmy gets along well with Grohl as well, recently making an appearance in the Foo Fighters' music video for their new single "White Limo". Grohl's Foo Fighters will be sharing a few concert dates with Motrhead this summer, and Lemmy says he's hoping the two bands can get a chance to play together.
"Well, the Foo Fighters/Dave asked us to do the shows. So we said "yeah!" I'm hoping there be some sort of collaboration because I really like playing with Dave. He's like me, he's fast and he's good, and that's always fun. I hate these people that take three hours to do a f---ing solo, let alone three weeks sometimes."
The full interview, in which Lemmy shares his views on the state of the music industry, good up and coming bands, and his desire to perform with Little Richard, is available here.