Monday, January 11, 2016

Motorhead guitarists explain Lemmy funeral absence

Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell and former axeman Fast Eddie Clarke were unable to attend Lemmy's funeral in Hollywood this past Saturday, and the pair have explained their absence to fans via their social media outlets.

"Amazing service for Lem the other day, everyone there spoke beautifully,” writes Campbell in a series of tweets. “I really wanted to attend but I wasn't able to make it.

“Unfortunately, I was advised on doctor's orders not to fly on such a long haul flight due to my recent hospitalization. I'm doing well though and I managed to watch the whole service via the online stream, so thanks to the Motorhead team for organizing that."

A band member since 1984, Campbell was hospitalized for an unspecified condition in late November, prompting the cancellation of sold-out 40th anniversary tour shows in Berlin and Hamburg, Germany and Aarhus, Denmark.

Former Motorhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke – a member from 1976 to 1982 – updated fans on his absence via his Facebook page.

"I have been a bit quiet lately,” explains Clarke. “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 did an amazing job as compere. I thought his son Paul spoke magnificently and 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 Motorhead 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. Rest In Peace, my old friend."

Lemmy died from cancer at his Los Angeles home on December 28.

The Motorhead family lost former drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor in November when he passed away after a lengthy illness at the age of 61.

Taylor played in Motorhead from 1975 to 1984 and from 1987 to 1992.

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