Wacken Open Air‘s 32nd edition is off to a spectacular start: the unforgettable Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister will find another resting place at W:O:A. On August 2, the Motörhead frontman, who died in 2015, will be honoured with an unforgettable symbolic act at the famous Wacken Festival in Wacken, Germany. This forms part of Lemmy Forever, a weekend celebration of the life of a defining icon of rock’n’roll, his legacy, and his continued presence as one of the world’s pre-eminent figures in art and culture.
“Lemmy coming back to Wacken is an enormous honour for us – words can hardly express how enormous,” notes organiser Thomas Jensen. “We will create a place of remembrance for him that does justice to his significance for an entire genre and beyond.” Co-organiser Holger Hübner adds: “There has always been a special connection between Motörhead and W:O:A, hardly any band has played here more often. The fact that his journey also ends here will forever hold a special meaning.”
Motörhead’s Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee will lead the festivities, throughout which there will be numerous opportunities to raise a toast to Lemmy with fellow friends and bands on the bill. “Wacken was one of Lemmy’s dearest homes and we’re delighted he has a place here forever,” says manager Todd Singerman. “He was a man of the people, and as such, he ‘lived’ in many places worldwide. It’s our aim to allow him to rest permanently in all his ‘homes’ globally, and allow his fans worldwide to have a place close to them where they can both pay respects and celebrate his enormous continuing legacy and influence.”