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Lemmy Honored With Life-Size Statue at Rainbow Bar and Grill

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Following a successful crowdfunding campaign and months of anticipation, a memorial statue in honor of late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister has been publicly unveiled at his favorite hangout.

As previously reported, the statue’s unveiling was scheduled for yesterday at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in Los Angeles, where Lemmy could frequently be found when he was in town. Local artist Travis Moore handled the project, using the proceeds from the campaign for materials and donating the rest to cancer research.

As Moore told the L.A. Weekly, he took the reins on the memorial effort after reaching out to Rainbow owner Mikael Maglieri, whom he referred to as “my benefactor in so many ways.” In addition to the statue, which was patterned after a publicity photo taken by Robert John, plans expanded to include a bass amp stack with an Ace of Spades plaque naming the 900 donors who made the tribute possible.

The report also quotes ex-Motörhead manager Todd Singerman, who told the paper he purposely kept his distance during the project. “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 insisted. “He would always say, at every show, ‘Don’t forget us, we are Motörhead, and we play rock ‘n’ roll.’ That’s my job now.”

To that end, the statue’s unveiling festivities — which included a Motörhead tribute at the Whisky and a Moore-hosted art show titled Lemmy Kilmister: A Tribute to the Master — appear to be only the beginning of a series of plans to honor the band and its beloved frontman. Singerman’s current efforts include working on opening a Motörhead Bar & Grille as well as a museum dedicated to the group.

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