21 rock legends immortalised as statues

Featuring Freddie Mercury, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly and more

Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury and Buddy Holly statues
Published 2nd Feb 2021
Last updated 2nd Feb 2021

Absolute Radio takes a look at iconic rock stars who have been immortalised in statue form including Buddy Holly, Queen’s Freddie Mercury, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC’s Bon Scott, Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham, Mot?rhead’s Lemmy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Holly, Ronnie James Dio, Chuck Berry, Chris Cornell and Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain.

The statues are located at various places around the globe such as Montreux, Dublin, Seattle, Kirriemuir, London, Liverpool, Redditch, Bulgaria, and, in the case of Lemmy, his favourite bar the Rainbow Bar & Grill in Los Angeles.

Take a look at rock icons honoured in statue form below.

Rock legends immortalised as statues:

Freddie Mercury statue at Lake Geneva

The iconic Freddie Mercury statue overlooking Lake Geneva in Montreux. Standing three metres high, the Irena Sedlecka sculpture was unveiled five years after Freddie's death by Montserrat Caballé and Freddie's mother Jer.

Freddie Mercury statue at Lake Geneva

A close up of the incredible Freddie Mercury statue in Montreux.

Rory Gallagher statue in Cork

Irish blues-rock legend Rory Gallagher has been honoured twice with a statue. The first was unveiled in the newly renamed Rory Gallagher Place in Cork in 1997, and was created by local artist Geraldine Creedon. The unqiue bronze sculpture takes the form of a guitar on one side, while the other features overlapping Rory Gallagher song lyrics.

Rory Gallagher statue in Ballyshannon

Created by artist David Annand in 2010, this life-sized bronze statue of Rory Gallagher was unveiled in Ballyshannon town centre. Standing proudly at 7ft tall, beneath the statue are the opening lyrics from Rory Gallagher's 1979 song 'Follow Me', which read: "I want to plant a star on the sky / One you can find at the end of the night."

Ronnie James Dio statue in Bulgaria

After Dio's untimely death in May 2010, the metalheads on the town council of Kavarna in Bulgaria immediately commissioned a statue in his honour. It was unveiled in October of that year.

Bon Scott statue in Freemantle

To mark the 30th anniversary of the AC/DC legend's death, in February 2010 a statue was unveiled in Freemantle, Perth where Bon's family moved to in 1956 when he was aged 10.

Phil Lynott statue in Dublin

Philomena Lynott poses with her son's statue on Harry Street in Dublin in 2013. Erected in 2005, the 2.4-metre bronze statue was repaired twice in 2013 after a motorist crashed into it and vandals knocked it off its plinth.

Jimi Hendrix statue in Isle of Wight

In honour of Jimi's fabled 1970 Isle of Wight Festival performance, a bronze statue was unveiled at Dimbola House in 2006. Created by John Swindells, the plaque comes with the Jimi quote "It's funny how most people love the dead, once you're dead you're made for life."

Elvis Presley statue in Mississippi

Such is his profound legacy there are numerous Elvis statues across the globe. However, arguably the most poignant is this statue of a 13-year-old Elvis outside the church he attended as a child in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Chuck Berry statue in St Louis

Sculptor Harry Weber's in-motion sculpture of Chuck is located right across the street from Blueberry Hill in St Louis. The late-great Chuck himself launched the sculpture in July 2011.

Frank Zappa in Baltimore

Launched in 2010, the statue of the musical maverick's head is situated right by Frank Zappa Way in Baltimore where he was born.

Johnny Ramone statue at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Unveiled three months after Johnny's death in September 2004, the statue marks is burial site at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in California.

Buddy Holly statue in Clear Lake, Iowa

The creation of Michael Connor, a large steel set of Wayfarer-style glasses that were Buddy Holly's trademark are situated at the plane crash site near Clear Lake, Iowa where Buddy, Ritchie Valens, J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson & pilot Roger Peterson lost their lives in 1959.

Kurt Cobain statue in Washington

On what would have been Kurt's 47th birthday in February 2014, a statue was unveiled in the Aberdeen Museum of History, Washington as part of Kurt Cobain Day. The memorial featured a single tear rolling down Kurt's face prompting criticism from some quarters.

Freddie Mercury statue in London

This 20-foot high fibre-glass statue of Freddie Mercury that stood outside London's Dominion Theatre for We Will Rock You's 12 year run from 2002 to 2014. It now resides in Roger Taylor's back garden.

Bon Scott statue in Kirriemuir

Such is their adulation for the late singer, AC/DC fans themselves raised £45,000 to fund the life-size bronze statue of Bon Scott in his home town of Kirriemuir, Scotland. Created by John McKenna, it was unveiled by former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans in May 2016.

Jimi Hendrix nail statue

Created by Boris Deheljan from Belgrade, this uncoventional Jimi statue weighs 200 kilograms was made of 4000 screws and 40 kilograms of wire. It took six months to complete.

Lemmy statue at Rainbow Bar & Grill

The 6ft bronze Lemmy statue was unveiled at his favourite drinking establishment, West Hollywood's Rainbow Bar and Grill, on Wednesday 24th August 2016. Fans raised $23,000 to fund the sculpture.

David Bowie statue in Aylesbury

The fan-funded David Bowie 'Earthly Messenger' sculpture in Aylesbury was unfortunately was vandalised just hours after being unveiled in March 2018. Here the clean up operation is taking place.

Chris Cornell statue in Seattle

Chris Cornell's life-sized bronze sculpture at a ceremony at Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture. Commissioned by Chris' wife Vicky, the six-foot statue was created by sculptor Nick Marra and depicts the singer throwing a 'rock god pose' while clutching a perfectly detailed Gibson guitar. It was unveiled in October 2018 and sadly vandalised in 2020.

John Bonham statue in Redditch

The statue of the late Led Zeppelin drummer is located in Mercian Square in Bonham's birthplace of Redditch. Created by sculptor Mark Richards and unveiled on what would have been Bonham's 70th birthday on 31st May 2018, the vast bronze sculpture weighs around 2.5 tonnes and depicts Bonzo in live action behind the drum kit.

The Beatles statues in Liverpool

The bronze statues of all four members of The Beatles – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison – were unveiled on Liverpool's Waterfront in December 2015. Donated by The Cavern Club, the statues were created to mark the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's last gig in Liverpool at The Liverpool Empire. Slightly larger than life, the statues way a combined 1.2 tonnes! John Lennon is also honoured with a statue on Mathew Street and at John Lennon Airport.

Buddy Holly statue in Texas

Created by sculptor Grant Speed in 1980, a huge 8.5-foot-tall bronze statue of Buddy Holly playing a Fender guitar resides in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas. The sculpture was created to mark the 50th anniversary of Buddy Holly's untimely death in 1959 - The Day the Music Died.

Stevie Ray Vaughan statue in Austin, Texas

Late-great Double Trouble blues rocker Stevie Ray Vaughan is immortalised with a bronze statue on the shore of Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas near to the location of his last concert in the city. It was opened in 1994, four years after Vaughan's death, and was created by sculptor Ralph Helmick.

Jimi Hendrix statue in Seattle

Depicting Jimi Hendrix throwing an iconic pose and playing a Fender Stratocaster, the life-size Jimi statue is named The Electric Lady Studio Guitar and it's located in the Capitol Hill neighbourhood of Seattle. It's the work of sculptor Daryl Smith.

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