Newly Erected Lemmy Kilmister Statue Stands Tall At Hellfest
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Following the death of Lemmy Kilmister in 2015, organizers of Hellfest decided to have a sculpture created to honor the late icon at the biggest metal festival in all of Europe. For this year’s fest, a massive new statue of the former Motorhead frontman has recently been unveiled.
The original statue went up six years ago, but had started to suffer some plaster crumbling. It has been replaced by the new sculpture created by artist Caroline Brisset, who accepted the challenge of making the new Lemmy statue for the Hellfest in Clisson, France. The annual open-air festival will be taking place over two weekends this June.
Lemmy’s former bandmate Mikkey Dee, shared an image shot by Fernando Bonenfant for The Metal Voice and said:
“Great statue/monument of Lemmy being presented at Hellfest, France. I can’t wait to come back to one of my favorite festivals in Europe.”
Festival organizers also shared an image with the comment:
“Welcome back Lemmy.”
Kilmister passed away just days after his 70th birthday on Dec. 29, 2015. The rocker was a beloved figure in rock and metal. He found success in the early ’70s with Hawkwind before eventually forming his band Motorhead, who released 23 studio albums.
Another tribute to the late musician was placed in his favorite Hollywood hang, the Rainbow Bar and Grill. A fan-funded statue can be seen near the patio bar area of the restaurant created by artist Travis Moore.