Lemmy’s funeral was also streamed live on Youtube with over 280,000 fans watching worldwide.
Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister was laid to rest on Saturday, in a ceremony befitting a rock and roll legend at the Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Los Angeles. Over 280,00 fans watched the ceremony live on the band’s Youtube channel as names including Dave Grohl and Slash paid tribute to their friend and hero.
The service began with an introduction by the band's manager Todd Singerman, who welcomed guests to the "celebration of Lemmy's life”. ”We all know he would not have stood for anything formal or sombre," he added.
Lemmy’s son Paul Inder then gave a moving speech, describing his father as a "stage warrior" and "free spirit”. "He wasn't a religious man and praying for a miracle was something he would have viewed as a delusional act, but he was profoundly spiritual," said Mr Inder.
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"Travel well, my dear father. You are back out on the road for a longest tour to the great gig in the sky.” During the service a photograph of Motorhead was on display at the chapel, together with speakers, the frontman’s boots and an urn shaped like his trademark black brimmed hat.
Guns ’n’ Roses guitarist Slash told the guests: "Lemmy was somebody I just feel so honoured to have been friends with. He lived his life the way he wanted to... his music and personality will last forever.” While Lars Ulrich of Metallica thanked Lemmy for being enough of a rock star to be cool and 'not too much of a rock star to be uncool.’
The service was closed by a speech from Dave Grohl who said: “He was my hero, he's the one true rock 'n' roller. What everyone in this room has learned today is that Lemmy was not only that badass-looking, whiskey drinking, badass mother f***ing rock star, but he had the biggest heart and he set such a great example because he was so kind to everyone.”
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Tributes were also paid by Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford and WWE wrestler Triple H. According to the BBC, the service ended with Lemmy's bass guitar being plugged in to a stack of amplifiers with the volume turned up and the congregation applauded as feedback from the speakers filled the chapel.
Fans also packed inside Lemmy's favourite bar, the Rainbow on the Sunset Strip, to watch the funeral service. They also placed flowers, cigarettes and bottles of Jack Daniels on a makeshift shrine outside the bar and signed their names and messages of thanks on a giant picture of Lemmy.
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