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Philip Anthony Campbell


NA- Rocktopus - guitars (as Phil Campbell)  
1979-1984 Persian Risk - guitars (as Phil Campbell)  
1983-2015 Motörhead - guitars (as Phil Campbell)  
2016- Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons - guitars (as Phil Campbell)  
2019- Phil Campbell - guitars, bass, piano (as Phil Campbell)  

Guest musician

1989 Drifter - guitars (as Phil Campbell)  
2007 The Iron Maidens - guitars (as Phil Campbell)  
2008 Girlschool - guitars (as Phil Campbell)  
2010 Onslaught - guitars (as Phil Campbell)  
2014 Persian Risk - guitars (as Phil Campbell)  
2015 Ugly Kid Joe - guitars (as Phil Campbell)  
2017-2018 Orange Goblin - guitars (as Phil Campbell)  
2018 Skindred - guitars (as Phil Campbell)  
2019 Biff Byford - guitars (as Phil Campbell)  

Personal information

Also known as: Phil Campbell
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

Personal life

Campbell currently resides in Pontypridd, Wales with his wife Gaynor and their three children, Todd, Dane and Tyla.