Motorhead Rocker Honored at His Sunset Strip Hangouts
By DONNA BALANCIA
If Lemmy Kilmister were alive, he would probably would have been overwhelmed by the love of fans at events held in his honor on the Sunset Strip.
On Wednesday night hundreds gathered to see the unveiling of a statue created in Lemmy’s image. That statue now has a permanent residence at Lemmy’s favorite place, The Rainbow Bar and Grill.
The night before, there was a Lemmy Tribute night, complete with musicians and a few special guests including Tracii Guns and Dug Pinnick.
“I’m here because I loved Lemmy’s music,” said Debby Cincianella who came from New York City for the unveiling. “Lemmy meant a lot to a lot of people and we want to honor him.”
John Hammer drove all the way from Bakersfield to get the event in time for the presentation.
“I drove like crazy to get here,” he said. “I had to see this.”
Most of the attendees came from the Los Angeles area and came dressed in their rock n roll finest, many wearing Lemmy-style hats, leather and some form of Motorhead T-shirts, jewelry or jackets.
When the time came to unveil the statue, people were poised to take pictures and get a selfie with the life-size bronze replica of one of the most beloved rockers of our time. There were plenty of photo opportunities with the bronze Lemmy.
The Lemmy statue is in the back of the Rainbow patio area and permanently rests in what many said resembles a black marble upright open tomb. The likeness is appealing and rest assured there will be plenty of photos around with your favorite pal by the bronze Lemmy’s side.
“It’s been a wonderful way to celebrate the life of one of our favorite musicians,” said Sandy. “I love the Lemmy statue and I went to the show last night at the Whisky. I’m here tonight because this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance.”
The Whisky on drew a big crowd, proving the popularity of the “Ace of Spades” musician.
Even Lemmy’s girlfriend, Cheryl, was on hand and she was touched that the musicians performed his songs throughout the night.
The concert event was live-streamed on Facebook so that people around the world could see the show. It’s been a tough year for rock lovers. David Bowie and Glen Frye were among the other major rock stars to pass away this year.