|Born on: 07.05.1961
Philip Anthony Campbell (born 7 May 1961, Pontypridd, Wales) has been the lead guitarist of the British heavy metal band Motörhead since 1984. He is also the former guitarist of Persian Risk.
Early life and career
Campbell 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 Rundgren. At the age of 12, Campbell got Lemmy's autograph after a Hawkwind gig. By the time he was 13, he was playing semi-professionally with a cabaret band called Contrast. Later he played with a pub-rock band called Roktopus (not Rocktopus) at gigs in and around South Wales. He bought his first Les Paul in 1978 at a New Year's Day guitar sale at a shop on Ealing Broadway, London; following the fate of many of his guitars, it was stolen.
In 1979 he formed the heavy metal band, Persian Risk, playing on their 7" singles, "Calling For You" (1981) and "Ridin' High" (1983). Compilation albums have been issued which feature some of his work with Persian Risk.
Phil Campbell live at Reds, Edmonton, 2005
In 1984, following the departure of Brian Robertson, Motörhead frontman, Lemmy, held auditions for a new guitarist, narrowing the candidates down to two guitarists - Michael "Würzel" Burston and Philip Campbell. Lemmy had first planned only to hire one guitarist, but upon hearing Würzel and Campbell play together, Lemmy hired them both.
On February 14, 1984, Motörhead recorded the backing track for The Young Ones episode "Bambi". One of the band's most popular compilations, No Remorse, followed shortly, it was released on September 15. 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 uses an LAG Explorer Signature model guitar both live and in the studio, fitted with two Seymour Duncan humbuckers and a single (volume) control. He also uses a Minarik Inferno Guitar on stage. He has also been known to play a Parker Nitefly, a Claymore custom, Kramer guitars, ESP guitars, and PRS guitars.
Like Lemmy, Phil uses Marshall Amplifiers and Cabinets when playing live. In the studio however he has been known to use Line 6 amps, Engl amplifiers, and Laboga Amps. Earlier in his career he occasionlly played Gallien-Kruger amplifiers
Campbell currently resides in Pontypridd, Wales with his wife Gaynor and their three children, Todd, Dane and Tyla.