The Juggernaut: Lemmy, We Hardly Knew Ye

Tribute or travesty?

The Juggernaut: Lemmy, We Hardly Knew Ye

Editor’s note: The Juggernaut is a new opinion series from none other than King Rhino, a long-time contributor and metal enthusiast, who will provide his unique perspective on some of the scene’s biggest happenings.

“We are Motorhead. And, we play rock ‘n roll.”

We will never hear Lemmy make that succinct and magnificently concise statement before a Motorhead performance again. And, you know what? Life fucking sucks because of that fact. We were not supposed to lose him. He was Lemmy. He was the freaking personification of badass hard rock/heavy metal/blues/rock and roll. Men like Lemmy don’t die.

But, he did. We lost him. We weren’t expecting it or thought it could happen. It did, so we suck it up. We go on. Because that is what he would fucking expect, and if we didn’t, he would think we were complete pussies. And, if nothing else, no headbanger worth their salt could live with the idea that Lemmy thought they were a complete and utter cunt.

So, what the fuck is up with the statue that has been approved and commissioned to represent Mr. Kilmister in the fabled Rainbow Bar & Grill in Los Angeles, California? Because it is a fucking travesty to everything that Lemmy and Motorhead stood for in music.

A full body statue of Lemmy standing with hands crossed and a look on his face like a deer in the headlights? Fuck you! This is not Lemmy Kilmister. Sons of a bitches! You want to place a state of Lemmy in the Rainbow? It should have been him sitting on a stool at the bar with a Goddamned Coke and bottle of Jack Daniels in front of him and that incredible Kilmister sneer on his lips. Lemmy was a man who always got the joke. He never lost sight of the fact that he was an ugly bastard who couldn’t sing, but when push came to shove, he believed and embraced music like a drowning man on a life preserver in a raging sea.

To the Rainbow Bar & Grill , you should be ashamed. No one one knew Lemmy as well as you. You should have pissed on this statue design and asked for something more appropriate and respectful for Lemmy,