Director Rocio Romero has released Live To Win, a documentary about the August 24 unveiling of a statute of Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister in front of the late Motörhead frontman’s favorite bar, the legendary Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. The clip features interviews with development directors Katon De Pena and Anne De Pena, concept artist Travis Moore and Mikey Maglieri of the Rainbow Bar & Grill. Continue reading →
For 50 years until his passing last December, Ian “Lemmy” Killmister of Motörhead was synonymous with rock n roll and badassery. The Rainbow Bar And Grill in Hollywood was synonymous with Lemmy, since it was his favourite haunt on the strip in his adopted country. Now the patio at The Rainbow is now and forever known as “Lemmy’s Lounge”.Continue reading →
Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, iconic frontman of Motörhead has been immortalized in a life-sized statue at his favorite hangout, the Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood.
Los Angeles-based artist Travis Moore was selected to create a realistic likeness of Lemmy for the life-size cast bronze statue, which stands at just over six feet tall and will be permanently housed in a special shrine that was constructed in the patio bar area at the Rainbow.
A native of Texas, Travis did his part for free, but there were considerable costs associated with the actual process that ultimately made the statute a reality. A funding campaign was launched by Katon De Pena from classic underground thrash-metal band Hirax, who raised about $23,000 to support the building of the statue.
Lemmy, photo credit Robert John
In an interview recently Moore discussed the making of the statue
“I know they were searching for that hat-coat combo. Photographer Robert John had taken so many good pictures of him and I think that was about the time that they were at the Grammys and ‘Ace Of Spades’ was re-charting. 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, and he needed to be rocking, a tough-looking dude with a full face and that was the idea.
“There was initially some debate about would he be with a guitar? Would he be sitting at the bar? Would he have a bottle of booze? There were a lot of different options, and coincidentally, even the photo that Robert took, he’s standing there smoking a cigarette. We took that out, more of a liability reason, because someone could break that joker off or get caught on that.
“We don’t need lawsuits or anyone injured or definitely have the statue damaged on top of anything else. But there was a lot of consideration that went into this thing and everyone involved, their number one focus was honoring Lemmy.”
Metal Allegiance played their scheduled hollywood show last night and took part in the celebration of Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead’s life, since his funeral was earlier in the day and the public memorial was happening all around them on the Sunset Strip. The band which themselves is made up of stars from other bands like Mark Menghi, Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), Alex Skolnick of Testament, and David Ellefson of Megadeth; were joined by Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Andreas Kisser of Sepultura, Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer), John Tempesta of The Cult and formally White Zombie, Mark Osgueda of Death Angel, Mikkey Dee of Motorhead, Phil Demmel of Machine Head at TheWhiskey A Go – Go. The Whiskey is next door to The Rainbow Bar and Grill, Lemmy’s favorite hangout on the strip. Watch videos below of the assembled all-stars covering Motorhead,
Funeral services for Ian Frasier “Lemmy” Kilmister of Motörhead’s begin in about an hour with the memorial services from Los Angeles, California and webcasted globally. You can stream the services at this link or below at 2:30 PST.
Family and close friends will observe a service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood, commencing at 3 p.m. PST and ending at 4:30 p.m. With such limited space available on site, Motörhead is respectfully asking that fans don’t attend the service at the cemetery, but the band wants everyone to be a part of this, so they are setting up a live feed webcast of the service. Also with the Los Angeles public memorial expected to be heavily attended, The Rainbow Bar And Grill have announced that the entire Sunset Strip will be used.
Fans are leaving constant comments of support and love for Lemmy on social media and at the Official Motorhead YouTube channel, the site of the stream. The following message greets fans:
We want you ALL to be a part of this memorial service.
So wherever you are, PLEASE get together and watch with fellow Motörheadbangers and friends. GO to your favorite bar, or your favorite club, make sure they have access to an internet connection and toast along with us. Or simply invite your pals around and celebrate Lemm’s life at home.
Whatever your venue, and however you can, let’s be sure to gather globally on Saturday 9th and celebrate the life of our dear friend and irreplaceable icon.
NOTE: For anyone wishing to send flowers, please contact Karen Brando at Flowers by Michael (310) 276-1003
Details are now set for one of the most enduring personalities in music history. Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead’s family and close friends will observe a service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood, commencing at 3 p.m. PST and ending at 4:30 p.m. With such limited space available on site, Motörhead is respectfully asking that fans don’t attend the service at the cemetery, but the band wants everyone to be a part of this, so they are setting up a live feed webcast of the service via Motörhead’s official YouTube channel. Also with the public memorial expected to be heavily attended, The Rainbow Bar And Grill have announced that the entire Sunset Strip will be used.
The band has released a statement:
“Wherever you are, PLEASE get together and watch the service with fellow Motörheadbangers and friends. GO to your favorite bar, or your favorite club, make sure they have access to an Internet connection and toast along with us. Or simply invite your pals around and celebrate Lemm’s life at home. Whatever your venue, and however you can, let’s be sure to gather globally on Saturday, January 9 and celebrate the life of our dear friend and irreplaceable icon.”
For anyone wishing to send flowers, please contact Karen Brando at Flowers By Michael: (310) 276-1003.
According toMotörhead‘s Manager Todd Singerman, Lemmy Kilmister’s funeral will be held on on January 9th at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Los Angeles at 3 PM. In addition to the Public Memorial at The Rainbow Bar And Grill, a London memorial has been planned for the same day at The Wig and Gown, 99 Holloway Road, London N7 8LT. Doors are at 9 PM and the event will run until 1 AM local time and plans for a simulcast of the LA services. Other memorials are also being planned for the legendary rocker around the world.
The Rainbow Bar And Grill in West Hollywood will be the scene of the public memorial honoring Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead on Saturday, January 9 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Lemmy would often hold court at the iconic bar, so it is fitting he will be remembered there. Lemmy passed away from an aggressive form of cancer on December 28th. He had just turned 70 years old on December 24th.