Lemmy is going to look good in bronze.
The late-2015 passing of Motörhead‘s incendiary frontman Lemmy Kilmister kicked off an unprecedented bout of celebrity quietus. The subsequent deaths of such cultural icons as David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Glenn Frey have each extended our period of mourning, and we, as fans, continue to commemorate the fallen with exceptional largesse.
The most recent (and permanent) memorial: a bronze effigy in Kilmister’s likeness. A group of fans have launched a crowdfunding campaign for a life-size Lemmy statue to be placed outside his favorite bar, the Rainbow Bar & Grill on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. As of this writing, the campaign’s 692 supporters had raised $16,401 of its $19,900 goal.
Los Angeles artist Travis Moore was selected to cast the statue, which is estimated to take between three and six months to build. “I’m so happy to be creating the Lemmy statue,” Moore wrote in a Facebook post. “This will be an amazing tribute to him and all the Motorhead family out there around the world, who are helping raise the cash.”
This latest honor follows a January 9, 12-hour memorial service in the same alehouse, where Kilmister was a frequent customer until the very end. Rainbow owner Mikael Maglieri even brought the vocalist his favorite bar video game as an additional comfort in his final hours. The name of the game hasn’t been reported, but hopefully it’s this lost gem.
Lemmy will also be honored at the Grammys this weekend, where The Haunted Vampires (a supergroup composed of Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry) have announced they’ll honor him with a Motörhead song.
Even when that tribute has come and gone, we can rest assured that Lemmy will continue to stand tall outside his favorite haunt. He will roar forever in the face of time, because, of course, bronze never rusts.