Motörhead’s legions of Twin Cities fans were there in spirit last Saturday when frontman Lemmy Kilmister’s funeral streamed live from Hollywood, but one local entrepreneur was there in person and played an intimate role.
Pete Saari of the Eden Prairie-based company Foreverence hand-delivered a custom-made urn that Kilmister’s family enlisted him to make for the rock legend’s ashes. The metal legend died Dec. 28 at 70.
Customized with 3-D printing technology (typical cost: $2,500-$3,000), the urn was pure Lemmy, made of all-black ceramic-like material shaped like his trademark black cavalry hat, with his Ace of Spades tattoo underneath and the lyrics, “Born to lose / Lived to win.” His family liked it so much, they invited the company's co-founder out to the memorial service.
“As a music fan, it’s an honor to do this for any musician like this, but especially musicians as distinctive and iconic as Lemmy,” said Saari, who rubbed elbows with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons at the funeral. He proudly noted that the urn will be on permanent display in a columbarium at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood.
Foreverence got the call for Lemmy's urn thanks to a previous client, Devo guitarist Bob Casale, for whom the company made a — you guessed it — red energy dome hat à la the “Whip It” video.