Last night, the memory of the late great Motorhead bassist Mr. Lemmy Kilmister was forever immortalized with the installation of a life-size bronze statue that was unveiled at the famous Rainbow Bar & Grill. The musician was very well known at the Rainbow because during the many years that he lived in the immediate vicinity, he could often be found at a space at the bar playing a video poker machine. While I was unable to be a part of the unveiling, I learned that a musician from my neighborhood had taken the trip out there to be a part of the night. Thanks to him, I have a few photos from the scene and some inside scoop about the event. Behind that sign is the statue and the unveiling was going to be soon.
Mike said that there were photos set up around the Rainbow along with some cardboard cutouts of the members of Motorhead as well. I love this photo below which shows Lemmy doing what he loved to do so much. Play the bass on the live stage and entertaining the masses. He was a figure that was like no other wasn’t he.
I asked Mike if he happened to notice any famous names at the event and he did mention seeing Lemmy’s son and Wendy Dio. He said it was packed so there might have been others that he just didn’t encounter but its nice that he saw a couple and that I could be like TMZ Live of Metal and share that inside scoop with you.
And now the moment you have all been waiting for. Here is a glimpse of the statue itself. It was designed by an artist from the region named Travis Moore and according to the artist there were several looks that they wanted to run with. Should Lemmy be holding a bottle of Jack Daniels or should a cigarette be in his hand. Each of them were decided against in order to have nothing easily broken off the statue or catch on someones clothes if they were too close to it. Lemmy is sporting his military coat and hat and standing with his hands folded. It really looks like him which was great to see happening. It cannot be an easy thing to do as we saw with the original statue of Lucille Ball a couple of years ago. There are no sunglasses as that would have also been an additional easily breaking piece. No one wants that.
This is the spot that Lemmy was often spotted at the Rainbow Bar and Grill. He loved his video poker machine but the one that you can see in this image is not the original one but a replacement. I read that the original machine is now with Lemmy’s family as a present from the Rainbow. That was very nice of them.
I have read that the statue will be moved to a special area in the Rainbow after some time has passed and there it will remain. I hope to see it in person sometime soon but I don’t have a trip to California on my schedule for the duration. I’d like to extend worlds of thanks to Mike Dolan for the use of these images so I could share them with you all. He plays in a Heavy Rock band called The F.T.W. which you can check out by clicking HERE. Please give them a like on Facebook and listen to some rocking tunes – it’s nice and heavy stuff, and as I’ve mentioned he remains a big Motorhead fan. Let me know what you think of the statue and especially if you also made the trek. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it all. We miss ya Lemmy and hope you are breaking the limits of sound in the great hereafter.
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