Former MOTÖRHEAD guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke has explained his absence from the funeral of the band’s iconic frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister.
Family and friends observed a memorial service for Lemmy on Saturday, January 9 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood.
Rock and rollers turned out in droves for his memorial, with Dave Grohl, GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Slash and METALLICA members Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo taking the mic to share their experiences with Lemmy. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, WWE wrestler Triple H, Dee Snider, and Gene Simmons were among the many attendees.
The memorial service was broadcast live on YouTube and was watched by more than 280,000 MOTÖRHEAD fans around the world.
In a post on his Facebook page, Clarke wrote: “I have been a bit quiet lately…I was unable to get a visa to go to Lemmy‘s funeral. I have past sins, which means it takes longer for me to get a visa and with being Christmas, there wasn’t enough time…
“I watched it online last night. I thought everyone did very well. Todd [Singerman, MOTÖRHEAD manager] did an amazing job as compere. I thought [Lemmy‘s] son, Paul, spoke magnificently and [MOTÖRHEAD drummer] Mikkey Dee followed up well. It all reminded me of what a great man Lemmy was and how much he lived for his music and MOTÖRHEAD and the fans.
“It was great to see the picture of the old band with Phil in the middle. They were great days and I miss them both.
“I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. It was very sad but the message got across about the great man.”
Clarke previously stated about Lemmy: “I am just coming to terms with the great loss I feel. It was only a month ago I buried Phil. Lemmy has now gone and all the good and bad times we had together are now part of history.
“We made six albums together but more than that, we forged an identity for kids to follow when there was little else around.
“Lemmy played right up to the end as only he knew how. He had the heart of a lion and will be remembered as a true icon of the rock era.
“As the last man standing, I know Phil and Lemmy would wish me well but I miss them very much and all they meant to me.”