Sabaton Frontman Shares A Heartwarming Story About Meeting Lemmy Kilmister

Lemmy Kilmister photo: Alejandro Páez (Molcatron on Flickr) (Wikimedia Commons) / Joakim Brodén photo: Jonas Rogowski (Wikimedia Commons)
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Sometimes doing a nice thing for someone else can be its own reward; in Sabaton vocalist Joakim Brodén’s case though, doing a friendly thing can land you a sweet opportunity to chill with music god Lemmy Kilmister. In a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Brodén shared a heartwarming story about meeting the late Motörhead frontman.

Per Broden:

“I met him the first time [in] 2005 or ’03 at the Sweden Rock Festival. I saw him coming. I was standing in the backstage bar. He was coming up and about to order a drink. And I knew he liked the Maker’s Mark whisky. I mean, he likes Jack Daniel’s, and that’s what he usually drinks, but he also liked the Maker’s Mark.

“So I ordered him a double from the other bar, and when he got it, the bartender sort of showed [to Lemmy], ‘It’s from him.’ So he came up and we talked for a while. And he taught me a lesson about being an artist. That was being very nice and polite even though you don’t know the person. And we spent the time drinking. I was telling him, ‘You don’t have to stand here and hang out with me all the time.’ And he was, like, ‘I think it’s a nice thing. You bought me a nice whisky. And I’m having a good time.’ So I asked him, sort of, ‘What do you mean?’

“[He said], ‘Yeah, I can spend the time to drink the whisky that you bought me with you. Or I can say no.’ It was a pretty gentleman kind of thing to say. Then I asked, ‘What would happen if I would have been an asshole?’ And he was, like, ‘I can drink whisky really fast.’ [Laughs].”

You love to hear how one random act of kindness goes on to spawn a touching story. You can find the full interview with Brodén below.

If you’ve been fortunate enough to meet Lemmy yourself, what was your experience like? Let us know in the comments!

Oh and in other Sabaton related news, did you hear about how the band are invited to fire a 25-pounder gun?


Words by: Michael Pementel