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Hellfest Festival in France built a statue of Lemmy

“We are MÖTÖRHEAD, and we play ROCK N ROLL!” is the calling card as proudly yelled by Lemmy at every single show. Now the legend has been immortalised.

A rock legend has been commemorated in France, far from Stoke-on-Trent, UK where he was born and The Rainbow on the Sunset Strip, where he drank whiskeys like water. But it’s here that a statue of Lemmy, born Ian Fraser Kilmister, proudly stands. It’s certainly somewhere Mötörhead would’ve graced the stage and left all with their mouths open and ears bleeding.

The new sculpture, which was created by artist Caroline Brisset, replaces an existing Lemmy statue at the event, which had stood there for six years.

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Hellfest is held across two weekends (June 17-19 and 23-26) in Clisson, France. Mötörhead members and Lemmy’s partners in crime, Mikkey Dee and Phil Campbell, paid tribute to Lemmy at the unveiling ceremony for the statue, having just performed at the festival.

While drumming with veterans, The Scorpions, Campbell took the microphone and thanked the audience and festival, respectively.

The drummer said: “Today was such a pleasure. It was great fun playing with my friends in the Scorpions, obviously great seeing Mikkey again, great seeing how amazing the sculpture was and really putting Lem’s ashes at Hellfest.”

While at the statue, Dee told fans: “It was magic, thank you Hellfest for making this happen, me and Phil are very proud, and proudest of all is of course Lemmy!”

The guitar player continued: “Now he is part of a great festival forever, and hopefully there will be many more to come all over the world so as Lemmy and Motörhead can remain a part of the rock and roll world which he lived in his whole life.”

Certainly with this new statue, endless classic albums and that voice… Lemmy isn’t going anywhere!