MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister has had a portion of his ashes enshrined within Hellfest‘s new, massive statue of the iconic musician.
Reportedly, the official ceremony to recognize the memorialization will happen on June 23 after the SCORPIONS close out the massive event. SCORPIONS current lineup includes former MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee who will join former MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell to say a few words to commemorate the occasion.
A tribute video to Lemmy is also scheduled to play with Phil and Mikkey raising a toast to the late MOTÖRHEAD frontman. The ceremony formally recognizes Lemmy’s love of both the road and the fans, which is where he always felt most comfortable.
Hellfest was one of Lemmy’s favorite festivals (MOTÖRHEAD played the first-ever Hellfest and returned to the stage there every year since). It is therefore fitting that Lemmy will forever be present at the site, with fans able to congregate and pay their respects to him at every Hellfest from here on out. This ceremony will also give fans an opportunity to participate in their own memorialization of Lemmy and see a miniature replica of the custom urn that houses Lemmy’s ashes at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood, California.
Fans who wish to share their own tributes, memories, experiences or pay their respects can post using the hashtag #LemmyLivesAtHellfest.
The newly upgraded Lemmy Kilmister statue was created by French sculptor Caroline Brisset who was inspired by energy over form and viewing the human as a subject of both fascination and fear.
Brisset was approached by Hellfest organizer Ben Barbaud last November about creating the Lemmy sculpture and she immediately agreed to get involved.
“I said yes because it was a great project,” she told Ouest-France. “And it was also quite a challenge to make such a big statue in such a short time.”