Tributes Paid as Motorhead Frontman Lemmy Laid to Rest
Dave Grohl and Slash were among those paying tribute to Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister at his funeral in Los Angeles on Saturday. The Brit rocker died at the age of 70 on December 28, just two days after discovering he had an aggressive form of cancer.
Motorhead’s manager Todd Singerman said that at the time of his death, that Lemmy had cancer in his brain and neck, and his sudden passing was “a massive shock.” The funeral service at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery began with an introduction by 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. “He was one of the last true rock stars left, this guy lived it every day,” said Singerman. “He was one of the kindest men I ever met – he was the people’s man.” Lemmy’s son Paul Inder praised 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 told the rocker’s family and friends gathered in the chapel, “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.” Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl gave an emotional speech at the end of the service, during which he recalled meeting the rocker for the first time more than 20 years ago. He described Lemmy as his “hero,” and “the one true rock ‘n’ roller.” Then Lemmy’s bass guitar was plugged into a set of amplifiers and the volume turned right up, prompting the congregation to stand up and clap as the feedback from the speakers filled the room. Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich from Metallica, Judas Priest singer Rob Halford and Anthrax star Scott Ian also paid tribute to the rocker during the service, and Ozzy Osbourne, Queen’s Brian May and Kiss star Gene Simmons were among the mourners in the star-studded congregation.