Lemmy won’t let me sleep - Phil Campbell

Motorhead

Former Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell says he still can’t stop thinking about late leader Lemmy, nearly a year after his death.

The rock icon passed away on December 28, 2015, following months of ill health and just days after he’d been told he had inoperable cancer.

That led to the end of his band, with drummer Mikkey Dee going on to join the Scorpions and Campbell concentrating on his outfit The Bastard Sons, featuring three of his own sons.

Campbell tells Planet Rock: “He’s in my mind all the time, like. I can’t get to sleep some nights because he’s fucking asking me for cigarettes, things like that.”

In a separate interview he’s recalled how he got the gig with Motorhead in 1984. He tells One On One With Mitch Lafon: “When I went into the audition it was only a small room. A roadie gave Lemmy his bass, he turned the volume up and strummed the first chord.

“I just though, ‘Bloody hell, this is loud’ – and I kind of enjoyed it. We’d be having volume games ever since.

“It was daunting, but I was up for the job. I was capable, I thought. I had a bit of luck on my side on that day. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.”

Meanwhile, Scorpions frontman Klaus Meine has said that the recruitment of Dee has opened up more option for the veteran Germans’ future.

Meine tells Backstage Axxess: “At the end of this year we all need a break. Mikkey is like, ‘Come on, guys, we’ve got to keep going. This is so fantastic.’

“And we say, ‘Okay.’ We need a break, but we’ll pick it up at some point because it really feels great with Mikkey.”

Asked about the possibility of recording new music with Dee, the singer replies: “At this point, nobody knows what comes next.”

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