Watch Motorhead’s Mikkey Dee Pay First Visit to Lemmy Kilmister Statue at Rainbow Bar and Grill
The fan-funded Lemmy Kilmister statue housed at the Motorhead mainman’s favorite hangout, the Rainbow Bar and Grill, was unveiled in late August and now drummer Mikkey Dee has paid it a visit to the immortalized rendition of his old bandmate for the first time.
In the video above (from HeadbangrWorld), Dee makes his way through the crowd shaking some hands with familiar faces along the way then stands in front of the statue, admiring the craftsmanship, noting how great it looks, even mentioning that the height is on point. The drummer also commented how “pissed off” Lem would have been because the lights in the bar are too bright.
Examining the facial features, Dee commented, “His face — he was sick, a little sick here, but that was Lemmy; he was a scruffy old bastard.” After taking photos with fans in front of the statue, he added, “It’s a piece of art and you know, Lemmy is wherever watching and he’d be so proud. I mean, [the Rainbow] was his second home — actually it was his first home!”
When we spoke with Travis Moore, the artist who designed the statue, he discussed finding the proper way to portray the legend. “I think the main thing is they wanted to find a picture that typified him. I mean that’s an atypical look for a person, but it typified him,” he began.
“And I know they were searching for that hat-coat combo and 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 and 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,” Moore added.
Since Lemmy’s death and the subsequent end of Motorhead, Dee has found a home in another legendary group, the Scorpions. The drummer initially joined as a temporary fill-in for James Kottak and the move was made permanent last September.
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