Last Saturday, the mood at TRVE Brewery was somber yet jovial as patrons watched the live stream of Lemmy Kilmister's funeral on a TV in the corner above the bar. There were drinks, laughter and pizzas, but overall the affair had an air of subdued reverence.
Kilmister, beloved singer of speed metal band Motörhead, passed away on December 28, 2015. In order to keep Lemmy's L.A. funeral intimate and respectful for family and friends, representatives of his estate decided to ask fans not to attend in person, but shared footage of the event with the entire world instead to appease the masses of Motörhead fans. In an official statement, Motörhead extended the invitation to fans to celebrate Lemmy the way he would want to be remembered - with a toast: "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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Since Kilmister's death and the subsequent funeral were announced on relatively short notice, the venue apparently didn't get the chance to procure a larger TV or projector, and not everyone could hear or see the TV in the corner. Not everyone was talking about Lemmy; as on any night at TRVE, much of the conversation centered on music, upcoming shows and the beer being consumed. But the overall vibe was clear: Lemmy's spirit was with us, and while he would surely expect people to remember him, he'd be the last one to stand in the way of a good time. Besides, they played Motörhead after the service.
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Nick Nunns, TRVE's owner, was pleased to be able to host an event that commemorated the late, great singer. "It was incredible how many people showed up and showed their support for the metal community as a whole," Nunns says. "I was absolutely blown away by how many people came by and how many people wanted to commemorate someone that was so important to rock and roll and metal history. I'm super stoked — I think it was a great way to send off a legend."