Speaking in a recent interview with DJ Theresa Rockface, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash explained his thoughts about late Motörhead mastermind Lemmy Kilmister.

Slash said that Lemmy Kilmister was a great sort of icon to change bad reputation of “rockstar” title. Here’s the statement:

“One thing that always comes to mind is, people have this sort of preconceived image of what a rock star or what a rock personality, what they’re supposed to act like or what their image is supposed to be.

Lemmy’s one of the most hard-ass, on the surface, people in rock n’ roll. He definitely looked the part of dangerous. He definitely looked like the drinker and all that. The thing is, he was such a well-spoken, well-read, educated and compassionate [person].

He was very much the gentleman, and he was very conscious of other people’s feelings, but he didn’t take any shit, so he was a really interesting dichotomy of all these different things that people don’t understand when they look at him.

They think, ‘I’m supposed to act like a bad-ass and act like a dick to be a rock star,’ and that’s not the case. I think he was a great sort of icon to change that.”

You can watch the entire interview from below.