The stars came out in droves on Saturday (January 9th) to say goodbye and pay tribute to Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister at his funeral in Los Angeles.
Dave Grohl and Slash from Guns N’ Roses were amongst the many rockstars who turned out to pay respect to the rock legend.
The “Ace Of Spades” rocker passed away at the age of 70 on December 28th last year, only two days after discovering he had an aggressive form of cancer.
Lemmy, whose real name is Ian Fraser Kilmister, passed away whilst sitting with his family in front of his favourite computer game.
The funeral service, which was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery, began with an introduction by Motorhead’s manager Todd Singerman, and a photograph of the band was on display at the chapel alongside a set of speakers, Lemmy’s boots and an urn shaped like the rocker’s brimmed hat.
Singerman lamented: “He was one of the last true rock stars left, this guy lived it every day, he was one of the kindest men I ever met – he was the people’s man.”
Lemmy’s son Paul Inder spoke of his father as a “stage warrior” and a free spirit, and added, “Travel well, my dear father. You are back out on the road for a longest tour to the great gig in the sky.”
Slash also spoke at the service, and said: “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.”
At the end of the service, Dave Grohl gave a heartfelt speech where he recalled meeting Lemmy for the first time over 20 years ago. He described Lemmy as his “hero” and “the one true rock ‘n’ roller.”
Then, in a fitting tribute, Lemmy’s bass guitar was ceremonially plugged into a stack of amps and with the volume turned right up, Grohl urged the congregation to stand up and applaud as the feedback from the speakers filled the room.
Other mourners at the rock legends service were, Ozzy Osbourne, Queen’s Brian May, Gene Simmons of Kiss, and Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich from Metallica and Judas Priest singer Rob Halford.
One thing’s for sure, Lemmy will be truly missed but never forgotten.
Watch Slash’s speech at Lemmy’s funeral below: