Recently, I got reminded that in one of the cities of my country (which happens to be the “hard rock capital” of Bulgaria), there’s a statue of one of the biggest rockstars in the world – Ronnie James Dio. I’ve never been there to see it – I guess it’s just too far away from my hometown. Such a shame, right? I should go and take a picture…Anyhow, I found out more about the statue and I saw some pretty nice fan pictures of it and it really made me think about it. As a result, I came up with this idea of finding other statues that honor legendary rock musicians all over the world. I thought it might be interesting for my readers to see some pictures and places where fans gather, leave flowers and show their respect to great rock musicians who are not among us any more, unfortunately. Listening to their music and remembering their contributions and achievements is one of the ways to honor a favorite rockstar. However, sometimes this might not be enough. Therefore, many cities around the world choose to dedicate a special work of art (usually a statue of the person) to a rock legend. This way, his/her spirit will always remain alive among the people and the devoted fans. This is all good – I really think that this is a great way to show respect and appreciation. However, what I don’t get is why in most of the cases we need to wait for the artist to die, so that we can have his/her statue in a city somewhere around the world… I thought about it and I believe many rock musicians should’ve been honored much sooner – like for example, while they were still alive and doing amazing things… I guess it’s true that people don’t really cherish what they have till they lose it.
Anyhow, I did a little digging and I found some nice pictures to show you, guys. I hope you will enjoy the following publication – it’s rather informative and visual, instead of musical but I thought it’s a nice way to show respect and integrity towards those incredible figures… So here we go!
1. Statue of Ronnie James Dio in Kavarna, Bulgaria
(Credits: Bob R (http://www.pirancafe.com), http://www.radiotopic.com)
2. Statue of Bon Scott at Fisherman’s Wharf in Fremantle, Australia
(Photos taken from: www.traveller.com.au, http://www.unforgivenundead.deviantart.com, http://www.toppixgallery.com)
3. Elvis Presley Statue in Memphis, Tennessee, USA
(Photos taken from: http://www.flickr.com – by Yummies 4 Tummies, http://www.aes.org, Steven Martin from http://listosaur.com)
4. Statue of Freddie Mercury in Montreaux, Switzerland
(Photos taken from: Wikipedia, http://www.worldalldetails.com, http://www.ultimatequeen.co.uk)
5. Statue of Jimi Hendrix at Broadway Avenue, Seattle, USA
(Photos taken from http://www.tripadvisor.com, http://www.theclio.com, http://www.roadsideamerica.com)
6. Statue of Johnny Ramone at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, USA
(Photos taken by by Scott Beale)
7. Statue of John Lennon in Public Park – El Vedado – Havana, Cuba
(Photos taken from Wikipedia, http://www.grantdavey.co.uk)
8. Statue of Buddy Holly in Lubbock, Texas, USA
(Photos taken from http://www.forum.blockland.us, http://www.panoramio.com)
9. Statue of Rory Gallagher in Ballyshannon, County Donegal
(Photos taken from Wikipedia, http://www.commons.wikimedia.org)
10. Statue of Jerry Garcia in Portland, Oregon, USA
(Photos taken from http://www.rockcellarmagazine.com, http://www.flickr.com by eddiecoyote)
P.S. I do not own any photos in this publication. All the credit goes to the photographers and uploaders of the pictures. Unfortunately, I was not able to find the names of the photographers who took some of those pictures, so instead I gave the name to the website on which I was able to find the photos. For any credit missed, please contact me. I apologize in advance.