Axl Rose is still “in shock” over the death of Lisa Marie Presley.
The Guns N’ Roses frontman, 60, explained he never imagined having to pay his respects to the late singer when he appeared at her Life Service celebration at Graceland on Sunday (22.01.23), during which he also performed his hit ‘November Rain’.
He told mourners: ‘I’m still in shock because I feel like I’m going to continue to be in shock for quite some time. I feel like I’m supposed to be texting her right now.
Axl added that he hadn’t planned to speak about Lisa Marie – who died on January 12 at the age of 54 after suffering two heart attacks – and said he felt “tongue tied and nervous”, and “never in a million years” had he thought he would deliver a eulogy to his friend.
He continued: “It’s truly devastating and I’m sure excruciating for everyone here…I know Lisa loved her family very much and was fiercely protective of her father and his legacy.”
Axl performed “November Rain” after his speech, with singers such as Billy Corgan and Alanis Morissette also performing at the ceremony.
The Guns N’ Roses singer told last week how he tried to comfort Elvis’ only daughter Lisa Marie after his son Benjamin Keough died in 2020 aged 27 years.
He told People, “I will miss my friend Lisa. His death, like that of his son, or child, that of his father, does not seem real.
“Lisa loved her family, all of her children. My heart is with them.
“The passing of her son was shocking, tragic and devastating. It was something that at one point you obviously didn’t want to bring up, but awkwardly wanted to in an effort to let her know that you care about her and are thinking of her, them, and for to be of all possible comfort, which she appreciated.
Axl added that he and Lisa would exchange messages filled with jokes, news articles and “lots of animal videos” in an effort to cheer her up after Benjamin’s suicide, and he tried to make her knowing “that we were constantly thinking of her, of them, and wanting the best for her”.
Axl, who hopes mum-of-four Lisa Marie is in the afterlife with her son and Elvis, added: ‘I wanted her to be happy, to feel good about things, at least as much as possible under the circumstances. And really, with the closeness of their relationship, one could hope – but honestly, it didn’t seem, at least without the passage of time, a reasonable reality.
“What comes after life, who knows, but I’d like to think they’re together, her and Ben with her dad and Ben’s grandfather in a way, and Lisa, and the most important men in her life are happy together.
“I was blessed to hear about her dad and her experiences and memories with him. She came to shows and we hung out backstage. “It was always great to see her and she was always fun and super supportive.”