Family, friends, and fans of Lisa Marie Presley gathered in Memphis for her memorial service on Sunday.
On Jan. 22, a memorial service for Lisa Marie Presley, who died on Jan. 12 at the age of 54, was held at Graceland, and many well-known musicians came out to honor the late singer and songwriter with performances.
E! News reported that Billy Corgan, the frontman of the rock band Smashing Pumpkins, was the first musician to take the stage, performing an acoustic version of the group’s song “To Sheila.”
Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose spoke to the crowd, saying, “I feel like I’m supposed to be texting her like, right now, saying ‘I’m here,’ telling her how wonderful everyone is…I never in a million years imagined singing here and especially under these circumstances.”
He went on to say, “Lisa is loved and missed by many and will continue to be loved by all those whose lives she touched,” before performing the Guns N’ Roses song “NovemberRain.”
Both Corgan and Rose were very close to Presley and were part of her support system following her son Benjamin‘s tragic death in 2020.
Alanis Morissette, who was also a close friend of Presley’s, performed her song “Rest” at the memorial service, which she wrote “for those of us who struggle with depression and anxiety, isolation, suicidal ideation and the profound despair that mental illness can plunge us into,” as reported by Rolling Stone.
She first performed the song at the memorial service for Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington in 2017.
Another notable guest at the memorial was Presley’s friend Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, who spoke at the service: “I stand here with great honor because we called each other ‘Sissy.'”
Quoting Queen Elizabeth II, she said, “My late mother-in-law said, ‘Nothing that can be said can begin to take away the anguish and the pain of these moments. Grief is the price we pay for love.’ How right she was.”
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