Family, friends and fans of Lisa Marie Presley gathered Sunday at Graceland to honor the late singer-songwriter and only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley.
Among those who took part in the public memorial service at the Elvis Presley mansion in Memphis, Tenn., were musicians Billy Corgan, Alanis Morissette and Axl Rose, as well as Priscilla Presley. The ceremony was streamed live on Vimeo and is still available to watch on the platform.
Lisa Marie Presley died earlier this month after suffering a cardiac arrest at a home near Calabasas. She was 54. She is survived by her mother and three daughters, Riley Keough, 33, Harper Lockwood, 14 and Finley Lockwood, 14. Her son, Benjamin Keough, died in July 2020 at the age of 27.
Instead of giving a personal eulogy, Priscilla Presley paid tribute to her child by reading a poem written by one of Lisa Marie Presley’s daughters.
“’I have no idea how to put my mother into words. The reality is that there are too many,’” Priscilla Presley read on behalf of her granddaughter. “Lisa Marie Presley was an icon, a role model, a superhero for many people around the world. But Mama was my icon, my role model, my superhero in more ways than one. …
“She knew it was near the end. Survivor’s guilt, some would say. But it was a broken heart that caused her death. Now she is at home where she has always been, but my heart wants her love. She knew I loved her. I’m afraid I’ll never get it, but the old soul is always with me. She does not flow above.’ That says it all, and thank you all for being here. … Our hearts are broken, Lisa. We all love you.”
During the service, Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins performed an acoustic rendition of “To Sheila,” and Morissette sang her song “Rest,” accompanied by piano. One of the final performers of the day was Rose of Guns N’ Roses, who made a few remarks before playing a passionate piano rendition of “November Rain.”
“I guess I’m supposed to be texting [Lisa Marie Presley] right now, saying, ‘I’m here.’ Telling her how wonderful everyone is. I never in a million years dreamed of singing here, and especially under these circumstances,” said Rose. “This is a terrible thing and I’m sure it means a lot to everyone here and to all those affected by her death. …
“She was extremely proud — as proud as anyone could ever be — of her father and his accomplishments, his place in music … and American and world history. … [Lisa Marie Presley was] a friend, a loved one, a beautiful and kind soul, and a loved family member. Lisa has been loved and missed by many and will always be loved and missed by everyone she benefited from.”
Towards the end of the service, Riley Keough’s husband Ben Smith-Petersen read a statement on her behalf:
“‘Thank you for being my mother in this world,'” it read. “I am truly grateful to spend 33 years with you. I’m sure I chose my favorite mother in this world, and I’ve known that for as long as I can remember you. … I remember how it felt to be loved by the most loving mother I ever knew. …
“Thank you for showing me that love is the only thing that matters in this world. I hope I can love my daughter the way you loved me, the way you loved my brother and my sisters. Thank you for giving me my strength, my heart, my compassion, my courage, my sense, my manners, my spirit, my wildness, my perseverance. I am a product of your heart. My sisters are a product of your heart. My brother is a product of your heart. We are you. You are with us. … If I didn’t tell you every day, thank you.’”