Lisa Marie Presley passed away on January 12 at the age of 54, and today, January 22, friends and family gathered at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee to honor the life and legacy of Elvis Presley’s only child.
Among the performers at the ceremony were Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, Alanis Morissette and Axl Rose, who delivered a solo rendition of Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain.”
“I'm sure many of you are still in shock as I feel," Rose said prior to his performance. "I'll continue to be for quite some time. I feel like I'm supposed to be texting her like right now saying, 'I'm here,' telling her how wonderful everyone is."
He continued, "I never in a million years imagined singing here, especially under these circumstances. This is truly devastating and I'm sure excruciating for everyone here and all of those affected by her passing. At the same time, one can see how hard everyone's worked, and is working, to make this as beautiful for Lisa as it can be and is. I'm honored to be here for Lisa and her family.
"I don't know that I deserve to be here, especially speaking amongst those that have known Lisa for longer and were much closer than her and I, especially her family and those that have known her most of their lives or even all of hers. I do know Lisa loved her family very much, and was fiercely protective of her father, his legacy and both her love for him and his love for her.”
Rose concluded, “We are gathered here today to pay our respects to Lisa and her family, and to share our memories, console one another to the degree that we're able. And though under such difficult, heartbreaking and somber circumstances, also to celebrate the life of a friend, a loved one, a beautiful and good soul and a cherished and deeply missed family member.”
Prior to Rose’s performance, Corgan played an acoustic version of the Smashing Pumpkins’ 1998 song, “To Sheila.” Morissette contributed the final performance, playing her song “Rest,” with piano accompaniment.
You can watch Rose's speech above, and his performance of "November Rain" below.