Lemmy's Los Angeles funeral to be watched by fans worldwide


Motorhead frontman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister will be laid to rest at a private funeral today as rock fans around the world watch the ceremony via a live feed.

The service will take place at the Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Los Angeles at 3pm local time (11pm GMT).

Other celebrities buried there include Michael Jackson, Walt Disney and Elizabeth Taylor.

The ceremony will be live streamed on Motorhead's YouTube channel and some of the famous bars on the Sunset Strip, including the Rainbow, Roxy and Whiskey A Go Go, will be screening the celebration of the singer's life.

Fans in London will also gather at pubs to watch the feed and remember the British musician, who was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of cancer on Boxing Day and died just two days later at his home in Los Angeles, shortly after celebrating his 70th birthday.

Suzanne Baker-Downes, who is organising a memorial at the Wig And Gown pub in north London, said the night will "feature eulogies from Lemmy's friends and family and offer a chance to film their own personal salutes to the man himself".

The band announced the ceremony would be live streamed for the public on its Facebook page saying: "With such limited space available on-site, we respectfully ask that you don't attend the cemetery ... 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 Motorhead's official You Tube channel."

"Go to your favourite bar, or your favourite club, make sure they have access to an internet connection and toast along with us.

"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 funeral announcement came after a revelation that the singer's moniker could be immortalised far beyond the bounds of music - in chemistry's periodic table.

In perhaps the ultimate tribute, fans have signed a petition calling for one of four newly-discovered super-heavy elements, chemical number 118 in the periodic table, to be named "Lemmium".

The petition has already gained more than 115,000 supporters on the change.org website.