If you can believe it, it’s already been some 8 months since the almighty Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister shuffled off this mortal coil to frighten the piss out of dragons in Valhalla with his booming riff stick.
The hugely beloved and iconic frontman for legendary hard rock outfit Motörhead passed away last December after a short battle with a very aggressive cancer, leaving behind scores of mourning fans, friends, family, and fellow musicians.
Since his passing, Lemmy’s favourite haunt, the Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, has served as something of a shrine to the great man; a place where rock fans could pay their respects to the departed behemoth.
Now, thanks to a fitting tribute, Lemmy will forever be on hand at the Rainbow; holding court over the raucous venue in the form of a statue tribute.
A 6’2″-tall bronze statue of Lemmy was unveiled at the Rainbow yesterday, with fans lining up to get their photo with it, all the while knocking back Lemmy’s signature drink: a Jack & coke.
— Noisey (@NoiseyMusic) August 25, 2016
From yesterday’s Unveiling Ceremony at the Rainbow, Lemmy has been immortalized with this shrine and statue. LET’S RAISE HELL!!! #lemmy #lemmyisgod #lemmyforever #lemmykilmister #motorhead #aceofspades #borntoraisehell #westhollywood #LA #sunsetstrip #rainbowbarandgrill #metalhead #longhairdontcare #sculpture #statue
The statue was the result of a successful crowdfunding campaign, spearheaded by Hirax‘s equally revered frontman Katon De Pena, which raised over $22,000 to commission the statue. De Pena, in his wry own words, started the campaign because he felt the need to “pay him back for stealing so much of his music.”
The owners of the Rainbow gave their blessing to the statue, which will now serve as a permanent memorial to the man who never saw a set of eardrums he didn’t want to shatter.
Lemmy. Born to lose, live to win forever.
Source: LA Weekly.
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