Lemmy Statute Erected In His Favorite Hollywood Bar
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:21:44
A crowdfunded statue of late Motörhead frontman Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, has been erected at the Rainbow Bar and Grill in West Hollywood, California. Lemmy was a well known patron of the establishment and lived nearby. The icon passed away on December 28, 2015.
A crowdfunding campaign launched by Katon De Pena of thrash metal outfit Hirax was able to raise $23,000 to have the life-sized statue erected, reports Consequence of Sound. "Los Angeles artist Travis Moore was chosen to craft the life-sized bronze sculpture, a job he undertook pro bono. He based the statue on an image taken by photographer Robert John, but removed the cigarette from Lemmy's hand over concern that "someone could break that joker off or get caught on that,"" reports the outlet.
Motorhead manager, Todd Singerman, said to LA Weekly, "This is for the fans. Nothing corporate. Not the label, nothing. This is a fan thing and we tried to stay out of the way." He also revealed to the outlet "that there are plans to expand the tribute with a "Lemmy Lounge," which will temporarily live at the Rainbow and possibly become the actual bar inside a separate "Motörhead Bar & Grille," which Singerman says he's working on, along with a major Lemmy tribute concert and a Motörhead museum that will house some of Lemmy's musical and military memorabilia."
The statue was officially unveiled last month, but has now been moved to the patio.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff