A statute of Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister will be unveiled in front of the late MOTÖRHEAD frontman’s favorite haunt, the legendary Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California, on August 24 at 7 p.m. This event is open to the public.
Los Angeles-based artist Travis Moore was selected to create a realistic depiction 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.
According to California Rock News, Travis initially sculpted the likeness as an 18-inch maquette that was then be transferred to a life-size sculpture, which was molded in wax and ultimately poured and cast in bronze.
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.
Katon said in January: “Lemmy was dedicated to us. Now is our chance to say ‘thank you.’ Travis will create the best Lemmy sculpture on the planet.”
MOTÖRHEAD manager Todd Singerman told LA Weekly that he never interfered in Moore’s design process. “This is for the fans. Nothing corporate,” he said. “Not the label, nothing. This is a fan thing and we tried to stay out of the way.” He added that there are plans to expand the tribute with a “Lemmy Lounge,” which will temporarily live at the Rainbow and possibly become the actual bar inside a separate “Motörhead Bar & Grille,” which Singerman said he’s working on, along with a major Lemmy tribute concert and a MOTÖRHEAD museum that will house some of Lemmy’s musical and military memorabilia.
Lemmy passed away at his home in Los Angeles on December 28, only four days after his 70th birthday. A memorial in his honor was held on January 9 at the Rainbow Bar & Grill, and it extended across much of the Sunset Strip.
cEvin Key posts update after reconstructive plastic surgery (done whilst docs were listening to Skinny Puppy music)
Skinny Puppy co founder cEvin Key took to Facebook to post an update after undergoing a 6 hour reconstructive plastic surgery in order to reconstruct nose and face damage after a cancer cell was removed. The picture is quite graphic, but fans worldwide started to send him get well messages soon after posting it.
Here’s the clinical update Key gave from his sickbed in Los Angeles: “So to explain. I had a basel cell cancer on the side of my nose, somehow it spread down my face to my lip and up to my eye. Internally they had to remove it all in a 4 hour surgery. Then I went to a 6 hour reconstructive plastic surgery which has reconstructed my nose and face damage. It should look better than before I started because I did have a large scar on my nose from a previous basel cell surgery 15 years ago. I was promised that it has all been removed now. great stage look tho dont you think? So this should be a sign to wear your sunscreen.”
A funny thing happened too, as it became clear that the medical team had been listening to Skinny Puppy music whilst doing the operation. Key: “So funny, at one point in the cancer surgery you have to be awake for that. I heard “Assimilate” and then “Tormentor”. I was like ‘WTF’. Especially the lyrics to Tormentor… “cutters face ripped apart !” I asked them if I was halucinating and they were like ‘no, we really wanted to hear your music’!”
Visitation Date: Friday, August 19th, 2016
Visitation Time: from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Funeral Home: Salerno’s Galewood Chapels
Place of Funeral: Salerno’s Galewood Chapels
Jeffrey K. Windisch Beloved husband of Melissa nee Kelley; Devoted father of Sophie; Loving son of the late Gerald and Katherine Windisch; Dear uncle of many; Jeffrey recently was reunited with his birth family, his father Richard West and predeceased by his mother Audrey West; Sisters Debbie Janc and Mimi Miller and his brother Jeffery West; Fond brother in law of Genevieve Kelley; Jeffrey was a friend and will be missed by many in the Music Industry; Funeral Saturday 9:30 at Salerno’s Galewood Chapels, 1857 N. Harlem Ave., Chicago. Chapel Service at 10:30 a.m. Interment Private. Visitation Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
I’d hear fart noises turn around and he’d have a great big grin and a shine in his eyes like a child. That’s how I always think of Jeff. That childlike quality that despite his successes and many achievements was always present.
My rock n roll brother has left us in body but in spirit will always be right here with us. My loyal generous buddy who never judged me and was the glue and the bond that kept a once estranged “friendships” from falling to pieces. When I most needed a brother he was there. When I didn’t ask for a pendant made from pieces from the Great Wall of China he still gave it to me. (great story)
There is a love between friends that is impossible to define. You own so very fucking much of that man.
“They are waiting to take us into the severed garden
Do you know how pale and wanton thrillful
comes death on a strange hour unannounced, unplanned for
like a scaring over-friendly guest you’ve brought to bed
Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as raven’s claws.”
– Jim Morrison – A Feast of Friends