Friends and family of the late frontman are scheduled to gather for a ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Hollywood, but due to limited space on-site the band has asked that fans refrain from attending. The band, however, has set up a live-stream on their YouTube page in order to open up the event to the public.
“So wherever you are, please get together and watch the service with fellow Motörheadbangers and friends,” the band wrote. “Go to your favorite bar, or your favorite club, make sure they have access to an Internet connection and toast along with us. Or simply invite your pals around and celebrate Lemm’s life at home.”
Motörhead also included information for fans wishing to send flowers, as well as a link to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund for those wanting to make a donation in Kilmister’s name.
The livestream will coincide with a day-long celebration in Kilmister’s honor centered around the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Los Angeles. The rocker’s favorite watering hole had scheduled a 12-hour memorial service for January 9th starting at 2 p.m. PST, but the response was so overwhelming, the celebration was extended down the Sunset Strip. Both the Roxy and Whisky will be open to fans while the Rainbow hosts its own private service between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. PST.
Kilmister died from an aggressive form of cancer on December 28th, days after his 70th birthday. The rocker’s death has elicited outpourings of grief from fans and musicians including Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Tom Morello and members of Metallica.