Madrid, Spain

La Abuela Rockera Memorial

Forrest Mallard

Rock and Roll Grandma – A tribute to an elderly woman that found herself the darling of a very unlikely musical community.

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Ángeles Rodríguez Hidalgo was a granny in Madrid’s Vallecas barrio who discovered heavy metal when she was already getting on in her years. She immediately was the affection of fans, audiences, and the general public when she was seen rocking out at AC/DC concerts and frequenting spots that were anything but nursing homes. She even managed to her own section in ‘Heavy Rock’ magazine.

Following her death in 1993, a bronze statue was erected in her honor at C/Peña Gorba, 22, and there she stands with her hand held high in the shape of horns, typical of metalheads.

There have been times when vandals have broken off one or both fingers, unfortunately making the grandma look like she is giving some kind of communist salute, but they seem to repair the statue quickly when this happens.

INSIDE TIP:
If you do happen to make a pilgrimage out to see Rock and Roll Granny, take your time and explore the rest of this alternative neighborhood. Motorcycle shops, leather shops, tattoo parlors, and rock clubs are plentiful.

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