Saturday, at Forest Lawn in Hollywood, hundreds gathered to say goodbye to legend Lemmy Kilmister, frontman for iconic metal band Motorhead.
A live stream with a reported 250,000 views was broadcast to the rock star’s fans around the world. They were encouraged to congregate at each other’s houses or their local bars to watch and pay their lasts respects.
The British rock star, birth name: Ian Fraser Kilmister, died on December 28, 2016, at age 70. Two short days after he found out that he had what was described as “extremely aggressive form of cancer”.
The service opened with an introduction by the band’s manager Todd Singerman, as he welcomed guests to the “celebration of Lemmy’s life”. A photograph of Motorhead was on display at the service chapel, as well as a bank of speakers, Lemmy’s boots and an urn shaped like the black brimmed hat- the singer’s trademark.
Paul Inder, Lemmy’s son, described his father as a “stage warrior” and “free spirit”. He went on to say, “Travel well, my dear father. You are back out on the road for a longest tour to the great gig in the sky.”
Slash of Guns N Roses spoke & was quoted as saying: “Lemmy was somebody I just feel so honored to have been friends with… He lived his life the way he wanted to… his music and personality will last forever.”
Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo from Metallica, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, and Anthrax frontman Scott Ian also spoke at the service and it concluded with an incredibly emotional speech from Dave Grohl, in which he tells the story of his first meeting with Lemmy. Then, Lemmy’s bass guitar was plugged in to a stack of amplifiers and the volume turned up, with the congregation applauding as feedback from the speakers filled the chapel.
Rest in Metal Paradise, Sir. You are already missed.
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