Lemmy’s funeral to be streamed live on YouTube

Lemmy: YouTube funeral. Picture: PA

Lemmy: YouTube funeral. Picture: PA

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THE funeral of legendary Motörhead frontman Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister will be streamed live online, the band has announced.

The rock icon died from an aggressive form of cancer on 28 December, just days after his 70th birthday. His death has provoked outpourings of grief from fans and musicians alike, with fellow rockers including Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper and members of Metallica all expressing their condolences.

Motörhead have asked fans not to attend the funeral, taking place at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetry in Hollywood, Los Angeles on Saturday, 9 January. Instead, they are making the service available on Youtube and have urged people to watch that instead.

On their Facebook page, the band said: “With such limited space available on-site, we respectfully ask that you don’t attend the cemetery,” they said. “But we want you ALL to be a part of this, so we are setting up a live feed of the service via the internet on Motörhead’s official You Tube channel.

“So wherever you are, PLEASE get together and watch the service with fellow Motörheadbangers and friends. GO to your favorite bar, or your favorite club, make sure they have access to an internet connection and toast along with us.

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“Or simply invite your pals around and celebrate Lemm’s life at home.

“Whatever your venue, and however you can, let’s be sure to gather globally on Saturday 9th and celebrate the life of our dear friend and irreplaceable icon.”

The band also provided details for fans wishing to send flowers or donate to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

In addition to the live stream, there will be a celebration of Lemmy’s life at his favourite bar: The Rainbow Bar and Grill in Los Angeles. This has opened up to other venues along the Sunset Strip as well due to high demand.

Despite living the LA life, Lemmy spoke about his proud Scottish roots earlier this year. Full name Ian Fraser Kilmister, he revealed in a BBC Four programme that he has a framed Fraser clan crest which he kept at his Los Angeles home.

The live stream, which can be viewed here, will run from 3pm PST to 4.30pm PST (11pm GMT to 12.30am GMT) on Satuday 9 January.

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