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Family and rock stars paid tribute to Motorhead frontman Lemmy at his funeral in Los Angeles.

Lemmy, who was born Ian Fraser Kilmister in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, died on December 28 at the age of 70, just two days after discovering he had an “extremely aggressive cancer”.

Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, and Slash from Guns N’ Roses all spoke at the service.

Fans were asked not to attend but a live stream was put on YouTube.

A photograph of Motorhead was on display at the service chapel, together with a bank of speakers, Lemmy’s boots and an urn shaped like the singer’s trademark black brimmed hat.

The service at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery began with an introduction by the band’s manager Todd Singerman, who welcomed guests to the “celebration of Lemmy’s life”.

The singer’s son Paul Inder recalled his father’s life as a “stage warrior” and “free spirit”.

Lemmy, who lived in Los Angeles, had “felt something was wrong” in August 2015 and appeared frail, Paul Inder said.Lemmy funeral

“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.

“Travel well, my dear father. You are back out on the road for a longest tour to the great gig in the sky.”

Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash told the service: “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.”

The service also heard from Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich from Metallica, Judas Priest singer Rob Halford and Anthrax frontman Scott Ian.

It ended with an emotional speech from Dave Grohl in which he recalled his first meeting with Lemmy more than 20 years ago. He described him as “my hero… the one true rock ‘n’ roller” but also someone who “set such a great example because he was so kind to everyone”.

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.

Fans were urged to watch the service together in a bar, club or at home, and the YouTube broadcast attracted more than 250,000 views across the world.

A message from Motorhead ahead of the service said: “Wherever you are, please get together and watch the service with fellow Motorheadbangers and friends.”

Lemmy formed Motorhead in 1975 after being thrown out of space-rock band Hawkwind, and went on to record 22 studio albums with the band.

Since Lemmy’s death, more than 100,000 fans have signed an online petition for the singer’s nickname to live on through a newly discovered chemical element, which they have asked to be named “Lemmium”.


Lemmy of Motorhead has died at the age of 70, two days after learning he had cancer, the band has announced.

The British band’s frontman formed the rock group in 1975 and recorded 22 albums, including Ace of Spades, as he became one of music’s most recognizable voices and faces.

Motorhead said on its Facebook page: “Our mighty, noble friend Lemmy has passed away after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer.”

Lemmy was born Ian Fraser Kilmister in Burslem, Stoke-onTrent, in 1945.

He lived in Anglesey, Wales, as a child and acquired the nickname Lemmy while at school, although he claimed to have had no idea where it came from.

As Lemmy of Motorhead, he became known for his fast and furious bass guitar playing and gravelly voice.

The band added: “We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words.”

They urged fans to play Lemmy’s music loud and “have a drink or few”, saying: “Celebrate the life this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.

“He would want exactly that.”Lemmy dead at 70

Lemmy, who was the only constant member of Motorhead, lived in Los Angeles and died at home with his family on December 28.

He had been diagnosed with cancer on December 26 – two days after his 70th birthday.

Lemmy’s death comes just weeks after former Motorhead drummer Phil Taylor died at the age of 61.

Ex-Motorhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke, who played with the group between 1976 and 1982, said on Facebook: “I am devastated. We did so much together, the three of us.

“The world seems a really empty place right now. I am having trouble finding the words … He will live on in our hearts. R.I.P Lemmy!”

Lemmy was credited with introducing punk sounds into the heavy metal genre – and having a wild offstage reputation.

He first became involved in the Manchester music scene, before going to London.

There he had a stint as a roadie with Jimi Hendrix and briefly played in progressive rock band Opal Butterfly.

In 1972 Lemmy joined space-rock band Hawkwind on bass but left after being busted for drug possession on a tour of Canada in 1975.

Lemmy went on to form Motorhead and recorded 22 studio albums with the band between 1977 and 2015.


More bands have joined U2 in cancelling their concerts in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Foo Fighters, who were due to perform in Paris on November 16, have called off the remaining dates of their European tour “in light of this senseless violence”.

Motorhead, who were scheduled to perform in Paris on November 15, will now play there in January.

Coldplay, meanwhile, called off a live stream of a concert “out of respect for the terrible events in Paris”.

Last week’s attacks in the French capital hit a concert hall, a stadium, restaurants and bars.

Of the 129 people killed, 89 died when gunmen stormed the Bataclan concert venue where rock band Eagles of Death Metal were performing.

Members of Eagles of Death Metal escaped unhurt.

Foo Fighters wrote on the band’s Facebook page: “It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour.

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“In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.”

Foo Fighters had been due to perform in Turin on November 15, with two dates in France on November 16 and 17.

Motorhead tweeted: “Due to the serious situation in Paris we have to postpone our gig until January.

“We are rescheduling and will give details ASAP.”

Deftones, who had been scheduled to play two shows at the Bataclan on November 15 and 16 and were in Paris at the time of the attacks, have also called off their shows.

The metal band wrote on Facebook: “Thank for all your inquiries on our wellbeing.

“Band/Crew all safe and accounted for at this time. Prayers for those affected in these tragic events.”

Coldplay, meanwhile, called off a live stream of a concert at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles.

The concert was to have been beamed to fans across the world, but was not made available “out of respect for those affected”.

However, Coldplay did play a short, unbroadcast set for those already at the venue on November 14 “so that [their] journey [wasn’t] wasted”.

U2, who had been due to perform in Paris on November 14, instead spent the evening laying flowers near the Bataclan concert hall.