Wacken Open Air’s 32nd edition kicks off with a powerful tribute to rock legend Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister. The late MOTÖRHEAD frontman, who passed away in 2015, is set to be commemorated in a symbolic act at the renowned Wacken festival in Germany. “Lemmy Forever” is a weekend celebration that pays homage to Lemmy’s indelible impact on the world of rock and roll, showcasing his legacy and enduring influence.
A Touching Homage to an Icon
The news of Lemmy’s return to Wacken has stirred excitement and reverence among fans and organizers alike. Thomas Jensen, the event’s organizer, expresses the profound honor of the occasion: “Lemmy coming back to Wacken is an enormous honor for us — words can hardly express how enormous.” The festival aims to create a fitting memorial for the rock icon, a place of remembrance that pays homage to his lasting significance.
Co-organizer Holger Hübner emphasizes the special bond between MOTÖRHEAD and Wacken Open Air, noting the band’s frequent performances at the festival. Lemmy’s journey coming to an end at Wacken holds immense meaning for the band and its fans, etching a powerful moment into the festival’s history.
A Celebration Led by MOTÖRHEAD
Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee, members of MOTÖRHEAD, will lead the commemorative events. The festivities provide a platform for friends, fellow bands, and fans to raise a toast to Lemmy’s memory. The celebration not only pays tribute to Lemmy’s musical legacy but also encapsulates his essence as a “man of the people.”
Reflecting on Lemmy’s connection with Wacken, MOTÖRHEAD manager Todd Singerman underscores the global resonance of Lemmy’s presence. The aim is to offer Lemmy’s fans around the world a place to honor his legacy and celebrate the enduring influence he had on art and culture.
A Lasting Tribute
Lemmy’s passing in 2015 marked the end of an era in rock and roll history. The journey of the legendary musician is not forgotten, with his ashes enshrined in a custom-made urn at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood, California.
Lemmy’s impact continues to reverberate beyond his music. Plans for the biopic “Lemmy” and the ongoing celebrations of his life affirm his enduring legacy. As Wacken Open Air pays its respects, Lemmy’s spirit lives on in the hearts of his fans and the annals of rock history.