Motorhead’s Phil Campbell on how Lemmy would have reacted to the pandemic

Lemmy Kilmister in a studio photoshoot
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Ex-Motorhead guitarist and captain of Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, Phil Campbell shares insight on how he imagines Lemmy might have approached the COVID-19 pandemic, revealing the no-nonsense god of rock‘n'roll might have disregarded it at first.

In the new issue of Classic Rock (opens in new tab), which is on sale now, Campbell tells the mag that, “He might have just said f**k it, gone out and played. But when he saw people dropping, I think he’d have realised the danger."

He adds, “I don’t think he would have wanted to tour. He was quite lazy as well. Lem liked to just stay home when he could. Go to the Rainbow [bar in LA, his regular haunt] and that’d be it. That’d be his day.”

One thing that has informed how we’ve all approached this year has been instruction from our own governments. Campbell tells us that Lemmy wouldn't be pleased with how the pandemic has been dealt with by UK leaders, stating: “I don’t think anyone is. It’s just farcical. An absolute joke. It’s one bumble or cock-up after the other. They’re just lining their own pockets, keeping themselves in jobs – the usual stuff.”

As we approach Christmas, the time period of both Lemmy’s birth and passing, we ask whether he thinks back to his time with the frontman more frequently:

“Nah, I think of him most days. Just being on the stage or the tour bus, coming down to use the toilet at five in the morning and Lem’s still awake. He’s always around, at the back of my head somewhere.”

Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons’ new album We’re The Bastards was released on September 24 and on sale now. (opens in new tab)

To read the full interview with Campbell, grab the latest issue of Classic Rock which is now available to purchase (opens in new tab).

The latest issue takes a look at Classic Rock’s Top 50 Albums Of The Year and the standout reissues, as well as features including FM, Mark Kelly, Diamond Head, Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix and George Thorogood.

Liz works on keeping the Louder sites up to date with the latest news from the world of rock and metal. Prior to joining Louder as a full time staff writer, she completed a Diploma with the National Council for the Training of Journalists and received a First Class Honours Degree in Popular Music Journalism. She enjoys writing about anything from neo-glam rock to stoner, doom and progressive metal, and loves celebrating women in music. '10 bands that rip off Black Sabbath but get away with it' is her favourite article she's written with Louder so far. When not writing, Liz enjoys various creative endeavours such as graphic design, as well as reading about rock’n’roll history, art and magic.