A recently launched petition is urging the world to “celebrate and remember” one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest icons, Lemmy Kilmister, by changing the name of Lemmy’s drink of choice, Jack and Coke, to the “Lemmy.”
The petition on Change.org, launched by someone named “Gimme A Lemmy,” seeks to enlist “the entire world” in this seemingly futile endeavor to rename the staple drink of Jack Daniels whiskey and Coca-Cola a “Lemmy,” and while it’s a touching tribute, it’s also one that would be near impossible to enforce.
“A Jack Daniels and Coke will forever be associated with Ian Fraser ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, the iconic founder of Motorhead. To celebrate and remember one of Rock and Roll’s true legends, I petition everyone to henceforth and hereafter refer to the combination of Jack Daniels Whiskey and Coca-Cola as a ‘Lemmy.'”
As of this writing, the Gimme a Lemmy petition has reached over 36,000 signatures of the 50,000 it seeks.
According to NME, the petition to rename the Jack & Coke after Lemmy Kilmister isn’t the only petition set up to name something after Lemmy in tribute to a man who touched the lives of millions around the world with his music. A campaign set up by a business support manager from York by the name of John Wright is petitioning International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry to change the name of a newly discovered super heavy metal from Ununoctium 118 to Lemmium.
“Heavy rock lost its most iconic figure over Christmas with the sudden and unexpected death of Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister. Lemmy was a force of nature and the very essence of heavy metal. We believe it is fitting that the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry recommend that one of the four new discovered Heavy Metals in the Periodic table is named Lemmium.”
This particular petition in tribute to Lemmy Kilmister may actually have a chance at becoming a reality. As of this writing, not only has the Change.org petition garnered over 128,000 signatures, but it has also the support of some big names as well, including Duff McKagan from Guns ‘N’ Roses, the British Phonographic Industry (the Brit Awards), and Motorhead’s guitarist himself, Phil Campbell.
In a third, but most certainly not the last, Lemmy-related petition, fans are gathering signatures to petition the owners of the Rainbow Room — Lemmy’s favorite bar — to erect a statue of him outside the venue. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, this petition may have legs as well, as the campaign reportedly has the support of the Rainbow Room’s owners, says a Facebook post by Katon De Pena, who initially started the petition. To move forward with the statue of Lemmy Kilmister outside of his favorite bar, however, approximately $30,000 is needed to build it, so a YouCaring account has been made to collect the necessary funds.
Motorhead frontman and rock legend Lemmy Kilmister died in his home on December 28, just two days after learning of his terminal neck and brain cancer. He was 70 years old. Millions of people the world over are still mourning the loss of Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister. Today, January 9, a live-streamed funeral service was held in his honor, and the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, where the Rainbow Room is located, is being used as a memorial site for fans and friends alike to spend the night celebrating and remembering the man who filled their lives with Rock ‘n’ Roll.
The next time you’re at a bar, celebrate the life of Lemmy Kilmister, and ask your bartender to give you a ‘Lemmy.’
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