After standing alongside Lemmy for more than three decades as a member of Motörhead, Phil Campbell can rightly be regarded as a hard rock legend.
The Welsh-born rocker became Lemmy’s third right hand six stringer following the resignation of ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke and his short-lived replacement Brian Robertson.
After playing arenas and sports stadiums in his 30-plus years with the mighty Motörhead, Phil will find the crowd at the Waterloo Music Bar no less appreciative when he rolls into town on November 9 as part of a marathon UK and European tour.
However, Phil’s debut as Motörhead guitarist, alongside Wurzel, as the Lemmy decided a two-guitar line-up was the way to go, wasn’t in a smoke-filled hall, it was on TV comedy The Young Ones.
The band performed and his debut was on a couple of new tracks recorded for Motörhead’s first compilation album, No Remorse.
In Blackpool Phil will be appearing alongside his band The Bastard Sons to promote their debut album The Age of Absurdity.
He said: “My time with Lemmy and Motörhead will always be full of great memories, and I will cherish that time always.
“I miss Lem. I miss Philthy - all the ex-members. I miss our touring schedules and all we used to do.
“He passed really quick at the end, we’d only just finished a big, long tour. I’m not sure exactly how much Lem knew. I know he’d seen doctors, I’m not sure if he knew a bit more than he was letting on and just wanted to keep it to himself. But he passed peacefully in his sleep.
“But the music lives on, we’ve got a great body of music so we’ll celebrate the band with our music.
“After Motörhead, I think we just tried to write good songs at the end of the day and didn’t really think too much about styles.
“But listening back to the album, I think it’s a fantastic all-round rock record, something for everyone.
“I don’t think there were any specific influences, really.
“Basically, someone comes up with a riff, everyone likes the sound of that, then we continue writing that song.”