Some of rock’s biggest names lined up to pay tribute to Motörhead frontman Lemmy at a star-studded Hollywood funeral.
A tearful Dave Grohl, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, and Metallica members Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo, took turns to share their memorable experiences with the hellraiser, who died last month just days after he turned 70.
The memorial service, at the Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Los Angeles, was broadcast live on YouTube and watched by more than 280,000 fans worldwide.
Former Nirvana drummer Grohl sobbed as he told how he had wanted to give his friend a signed photo of Little Richard on his birthday, but had missed the chance.
He said: “He was my hero; he’s the one true rock ’n’ roller,” adding: “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.”
The British rocker, who was the only continuous member of Motörhead, its lead singer, and its bass guitarist, had suffered failing health since August last year and was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of cancer on December 26, just 48 hours before he died.
His son Paul Inder, 48, led the eulogies and described how his father had sought solace in his spirituality in his final days.
“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,” he said.
Ian Fraser ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister was born in Burslem, Staffordshire in 1945 and joined Hawkwind in 1971.
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