Phil Campbell - Motorhead

December 31, 2003

First off, when did you pick up your first guitar and when did you know this was going to be your passion for the rest of your life?

I think I was nine years old and I also was given a copy of the live album Hendrix In The West which I am told now is deleted which I find very hard to believe. I was very impressed and thought if I could do this it would be a great way to make a living.

What instrument would you play if you didn't play the guitar?

Piano. I never had any lessons but have tried to teach myself on pianos at hotels and gigs.

Did you ever in your wildest dreams think you could make a living from music and what was the worst job you had to make ends meet in your early days?

I always hoped that I would have a bit of luck and be able to make a living from it. My only other job was working for my dad's company delivering food to restaurants and chip shops all over South Wales. It was quite satisfying but really hard work physically. I developed pretty big muscles in those days and I was in charge of collecting a lot of money every day. I wouldn't call it a "shitty" job though.

What other forms of music would you play if the blue meanies stamped out rock and roll tomorrow?

Who knows?

Which guitars do you endorse and why?

I endorse the following guitars because they are the best: LAG, PRS, BC RICH, OLP, PALM, EPIPHONE, BRIAN MOORE [sorry if I left anyone out].

What bands were you in before you joined Motorhead and how did you become a member of the band?

Persian Risk and before that a cabaret band playing drums.

How did you feel when Lemmy said "right, you're in"?


What Christmas presents did you get/would you like to have got?

I got a really nice hands free kit for my car, clothes, and a really beautiful glass table being held by a dragon who's head appears to come through!

You have recently been nominated as one of the 100 Greatest Welsh Heroes of all time. How do you feel about this and what is happening next?

It was and still is a huge shock, but seeing as Im in, I might as well have some fun with it.

Have you ever been tempted to abandon Wales for less rainy climes?


Are your children intending to follow in your footsteps musically?

They are all superb musicians but are also concentrating on the academic work as well.

Is it ever frustrating to be a musician in a band with a singer where so many fans of rock music don't particularly care for the sound of his voice?

I didn't realise that people don't care for his voice. I love it!

If the Motorhead position had not come along, do you think Persian Risk could have made it big?

I don't know.

Does it annoy you when fans go on and on and on and on about the "classic" Motorhead lineup of Lemmy, Clarke and Taylor when you have been in the band almost 20 years?


Are you and Lemmy planning anything special for your 20th anniversary?


Have you ever wanted to sing on a Motorhead track?

I have sang backup vocals.

You've had the distinction of playing with Motorhead as a two-guitar band, and as a traditional three-piece (as it is now). Which do you prefer?


Do you prefer playing the "classic" motorhead material or the material you've recorded (post Eddie and Brian)?

The material I have recorded but there are a few of the old songs I like to play live.

Do you ever get tired of doing the older songs live and want to play the newer material more often?


Does Motorhead use record digital technologies?


Have you ever thought about writing your autobiography?


Do you have a hobby or a favourite place to hide when you’re not working with the band?

I like to stay at home and walk my dog.

Besides breathing, what would you like to be doing (or seeing yourself doing) 10 years from now?

Walking the same dog.

What's the strangest place you've ever woken up in?

A bass bin.

What do you do for entertainment whilst on the road?

Play scrabble and devise practical jokes and major wind ups.

What is your favourite country to play in?

I haven't got one.

Has Lemmy or the band ever heard of an organization, the Order of Dionysus/Sabazios and an old zine which has been out of print for 6 years now called Rejuvenation?

I don't think so. Thanks for all the questions. See you on the road. Cheers! Phil