Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian recalled in an interview with The Fred Minnick Show the embarassing moment he had with Motörhead bassist and singer Lemmy Kilmister drinking Jack & Coke in London back in 1985, when he was only 21.
“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 was awesome and it was horrible. Six months later, we played our first-ever headlining gig in London, and he was there backstage. 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.’ So 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. So 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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