Food And Beverage Magazine, the official periodical and taste makers of the food and spirits industry has officially dubbed a drink of Jack Daniels and Coca Cola “The Lemmy”. The move was made in honor of the drink synonymous with Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead’s, the late rock and roll frontman who passed away suddenly on December 28th, which shocked the music world. There was a Change.org Petition started to push this into widespread acceptance. Now the beverage choice of hellraisers and rockers everywhere will forever be linked to Lemmy.
Hundreds of mourners filled the chapel at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles to celebrate the life and the memory of Ian Frasier “Lemmy” Kilmister of Motörhead today. Their manager Todd Singerman was the de facto Master of Ceremonies which was fitting. A cadre of Lemmy’s family, loved ones, peers, friends and his loyal road crew reminisced and regaled all in attendance in person and online via the webcast on YouTube. Although an official number has not been released, at one point the number of viewers online topped 246,000. Lemmy’s urn was at the center of the deus, a stage adorned with red and white flowers, two huge Marshall stacks and his bass, and giant Iron Cross other tributes and a lectern as well. Many in attendance could be seen sporting Lemmy’s trademark hat. Many carried shots and drank liberally. As expected everyone spoke glowingly of Lemmy, relating their personal experiences with the man being enormously talented and famous, but remaining down to earth and even comically self-aware at times.
Lemmy’s son Paul Inder spoke first and lovingly about his father, ultimately praising him for never quitting on the band or his fans. Next was MikkeyDee who represented Motörhead with Phil Campbell unable to attend. Dee confessed that prior to the last few years when Lemmy’s health started to fail, the two had never talked about intimate, personal topics as friends, just band stuff.
Paul Inder, Lemmy’s son Eulogizes Lemmy
Some other memorable quotes and moments:
“It was an absolute honor playing, writing, and laughing with you.” Phil Campbell via a letter read by Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe)
“Lemmy was gravitational…” “We are mourning two deaths. Motörhead is no longer.” “Motörhead eats sunsets for breakfast”. Mike Inez of Alice In Chains
“A true rock and roll maverick.” “Faith, Family, Friends, and Fans. God Bless you Lemmy.” Rob Halford of Judas Priest
Triple H Eulogizes Lemmy
“He gave me the gift of his sound.” “He was a true gentleman'” – Triple H
“It was you who taught us how to rock You taught us how to be fucking real.” Scott Ian of Anthrax
Scott Ian Eulogizes Lemmy
“What a great example of Rock And Roll. We love you Lemmy!” – Slash
Slash Eulogizes Lemmy
“Many people say Lemmy is God. I believe that.” Matt Sorum
Slim Jim Phantom Eulogizes Lemmy
“I never saw him rude to a fan or inappropriate with women.” – Slim Jim Phantom of The Stray Cats and The HeadCat.
Robert Trujillo Eulogizes Lemmy
“We must always celebrate, respect and enjoy our elders.” – Robert Trujillo of Metallica
Lars Ulrich of Metallica eulogizes Lemmy
“Lemmy was always so fucking hospitable, like the greatest host ever.” – Lars Ulrich of Metallica
“I have always cited Lemmy and Motörhead as the primary source of inspiration for Metallica, and I always will.” Lars Ulrich of Metallica
Dave Grohl eulogizes Lemmy
“Lemmy had the biggest heart, because he was so kind.” – Dave Grohl
“Precious Lord, take my hand Lead me on, let me stand I’m tired, I’m weak, I’m lone Through the storm, through the night Lead me on to the light Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home
When my way grows drear precious Lord linger near When my light is almost gone Hear my cry, hear my call Hold my hand lest I fall Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home
When the darkness appears and the night draws near And the day is past and gone At the river I stand Guide my feet, hold my hand Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home”
Dave Grohl reading an excerpt of the Little Richard song ‘Precious Lord, Lead Me Home’
Lemmy’s bass rings out a single note of feedback to close his funeral