On Saturday, January 9th, the world will come together and celebrate the life of Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, Motorhead founder, frontman and bassist who died December 28th from an aggressive form of cancer.
On January 3rd, the Rainbow Bar & Grill, Kilmister’s favorite hangout on the Sunset Strip, announced a 12 hour memorial on January 9th. However, due to overwhelming demand and fan support, The Whisky A Go Go and The Roxy Theatre are opening to compensate for overflow at the Rainbow. The Rainbow will now be closed between 5 and 9 pm for a private service, but The Whisky and Roxy will remain open for those who want to show their respects during that time.
The band has also announced that family and close friends will observe a service at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Hollywood from 3 until 4:30 pm that will be live streamed on Motorhead’s YouTube channel. Due to limited spacing, the band asks that fans not attend the cemetery ceremony, but instead either gather on the Strip and/or view the live stream.
“So wherever you are, PLEASE get together and watch the service with fellow Motörheadbangers and friends,” the band writes. “GO to your favorite bar, or your favorite club, make sure they have access to an internet connection and toast along with us.
“Or simply invite your pals around and celebrate Lemm’s life at home.
“Whatever your venue, and however you can, let’s be sure to gather globally on Saturday 9th and celebrate the life of our dear friend and irreplaceable icon.”