Ángeles Rodríguez Hidalgo lived in the working-class Madrid neighborhood of Vallecas, where heavy metal was popular in the 80s. At the age of 70, she accompanied her grandson to a rock show. From that moment, she was sold and went to as many metal shows as possible. Not only did she become a popular figure in the Madrid metal scene, but she also was interviewed on TV and radio, and even had her own column in a rock magazine. Local band Panzer had her picture on their 1985 album “Toca madera.”

Sadly, Ángeles Rodríguez Hidalgo passed away in 1993 at the age of 93. The year after, the metal community in Madrid started to raise money for a statue as a tribute to the city’s rocking grandma. Artist Carmen Jorba created a bronze sculpture of Hidalgo, recreating the image from the Panzer album, and it was erected in 1999 in the Madrid district of Puente de Vallecas where Ángeles Rodríguez Hidalgo lived for years.

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