This day In Music 07.06.2016
Philip Anthony Campbell was born in Pontypridd, Wales UK, May 7 1961. He started playing guitar when he was 10 years old, inspired by guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Jan Akkerman, Michael Schenker and Todd Rudgreen.
By the time he was 13, he was playing semi-professionally with a cabaret band called Contrast. He bought his first Les Paul in 1978 at a New Year's Day guitar sale at a shop in London and in 1979 he formed the heavy metal band Persian Risk.
On 8 February 1984, following the departure of Brian Robertson, Motörhead frontman, “Lemmy”, held auditions for a new guitarist, narrowing the candidates down to two guitarists – Michael Burston and Philip Campbell. Lemmy had first planned only to hire one guitarist, but upon hearing Burston and Campbell play together, Lemmy hired them both.
Campbell has since toured the world with the band and has remained a constant member of Motörhead, despite a number of changes to their line up over the years. Phil has been part of all Motörhead releases from Orgasmatron (1986) on.
On 28 December 2015, band founder and sole constant member “Lemmy” Kilmister died. The following day, drummer Mikkey Dee announced that Motörhead had disbanded, stating: "We will not be doing any more tours or anything. And there will not be any more records. But the fire survives, and Lemmy lives on in the hearts of everyone." .
Motörhead - Whorehouse Blues (from Inferno, 2004)