Motorhead ex Phil Campbell talks “trippy” Hawkwind cover

Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons

Phil Campbell has spoken about why he and his band The Bastard Sons have recorded a cover version of Hawkwind classic Silver Machine.

The 1972 original featured lead vocals from his late Motorhead bandmate Lemmy – and Campbell says it’s a tribute to the rock icon who died in December 2015 at the age of 70.

Campbell says: “I always liked the song – I liked Silver Machine when it first came out. It’s a good tribute for Lem, especially for Lem and the other boys in Motorhead who passed away: Wurzel and Phil Taylor.

“We recorded it here at Rockfield Studios and we were lucky enough to get Hawkwind’s Dave Brock. I called Dave up and he played synthesiser – which sounds like he’s on another planet – guitar and vocals.

“The result is really good. I can’t wait for the world to hear our version of Silver Machine. It’s pretty trippy and we’re going to continue playing it in the near future.”

Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons’ version of Silver Machine will be exclusive to the CD release of their debut album The Age Of Absurdity, which is set to arrive on January 26 via Nuclear Blast.

Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons The Age Of Absurdity tracklist

  1. Ringleader
  2. Freak Show
  3. Skin And Bones
  4. Gypsy Kiss
  5. Welcome To Hell
  6. Dark Days
  7. Dropping The Needle
  8. Step Into The Fire
  9. Get On Your Knees
  10. High Rule
  11. Into The Dark
  12. Silver Machine (CD only)

Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons 2018 tour dates

Feb 27: Haarlem Patronaat, Netherlands
Feb 28: Hengelo Metropool, Netherlands
Mar 01: Uden De Pul, Netherlands
Mar 02: Hasselt Muziekodroom, Belgium
Mar 03: Aarhus Voxhall, Denmark
Mar 05: Hamburg Logo, Germany
Mar 06: Berlin Bi Nuu, Germany
Mar 07: Frankfurt Das Bett, Germany
Mar 08: Siegburg Kubana, Germany
Mar 09: Mannheim 7er Club, Germany
Mar 10: Munich Strom, Germany
Mar 12: Solothurn Kofmehl, Switzerland
Mar 16: Rome Jailbreak Club, Italy
Mar 17: Pavia Dagda Club, Italy
Mar 18: San Dona Revolver Club, Italy

Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons - The Age Of Absurdity album review

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