Statue of Motorhead’s Lemmy Unveiled to Great Fanfare
A magnificent statue of Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister was unveiled this week at the late musician’s favorite haunt — the famous Rainbow Bar & Grill in West Hollywood. Legions of fans gathered for the event, which included such honored guests as Motorhead manager Todd Singerman, Lemmy’s longtime girlfriend Cheryl Keuleman, his bootmaker Pascal Davayat, and Wendy Dio — wife of late singer Ronnie James Dio.
“This is really amazing,” observed Katon DePena, who fronts the thrash-metal band Hirax and who spearheaded the project. “To be honest with you, it’s more than I even thought … I haven’t even seen the statue yet so I’ll probably shed a tear. People might look at Motorhead fans and think we’re a bunch of crazy people, and we are. But in a really good way.”
Measuring just over six feet tall, the life-size bronze statue will be permanently housed in a special shrine built near the Rainbow’s patio bar. The project was made possible by a crowdfunding campaign that raised roughly $23,000 to cover associated costs. Statue artist Travis Moore, who donated his services to craft the monument, told Loudwire that he and his team based the statue on an image shot by photographer Robert John.
“John had taken so many good pictures of him, and I think [the one we used] was around the time they were at the Grammys and ‘Ace of Spades’ was re-charting,” said Moore. “There was really a resurgence for him and you can see that it was a happy time and he looks healthy and good. We just wanted to stay away from portraying him in a way that wouldn’t be proper. He needed to be rocking, a tough-looking dude with a full face and that was the idea.”
The beloved Kilmister passed away at his home in Los Angeles this past December, just four days after his 70th birthday. Below is video footage of the statue’s unveiling.