Phil Campbell Says Motörhead Members ‘Didn’t Have A Chance To Say Goodbye’

Phil Campbell Says Motörhead Members 'Didn't Have A Chance To Say Goodbye'

Former Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell looked back on the last days of Motörhead. He admitted that they didn’t have a chance to say goodbye to each other.

Formed in 1975, the rock band Motörhead left a lasting legacy that has had a profound impact on the world of music. Frontman and bassist Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was the driving force behind the band. He created a sound that blended heavy metal and punk rock with lyrics that often focused on sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

Lemmy had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer just two days after his 70th birthday. Unfortunately, he passed away just days later, on December 28, 2015. His death was a shock to everyone, as he had been performing with Motörhead right up until the end. Following Lemmy‘s death, the remaining members of Motörhead, guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee announced that they would be disbanding the group, stating that it was impossible to continue without Lemmy.

Recently, speaking to Myglobalmind, Phil Campbell recalled the last weeks of the Motörhead band. When the interviewer asked whether they knew things were not going well with Lemmy, the guitarist said Lemmy wanted to carry on.

“Yeah, we knew, but Lem wanted to just carry on then,” he says. “I know the last tour in Germany, I think one or two shows were canceled ’cause I ended up in hospital. And I came back out, and we finished the tour. And that was the last tour then; the last show was in Berlin.”

Campbell then stated that they had never found a chance to say goodbye to each other. According to him, they didn’t know that tour was the last time they did see each other.

“So the last week of Motörhead, actually I was the one in bloody hospital,” he continued. “But we never thought — when we parted at the end of the tour, we never thought that would be the last time we’d see each other. We didn’t have a chance to say goodbye, me or Mikkey [Dee, Motörhead drummer], or nothing. I couldn’t even go over to the funeral, ’cause my doctor advised me not to, ’cause I was pretty ill myself in them days.”

In late February 2023, another Motörhead legend Mikkey Dee discussed the possible reunion of the band. Speaking to The Metal Voice, Dee admitted it would be stepping over the line, adding, “We will never, ever, ever tour with Motörhead as a name ever and bring someone else in. That will never happen.”

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