PHIL CAMPBELL'S ALL STARR BAND
The Garage, London
Thursday 19th December 2013
Phil Campbell has been Motörhead's guitarist since 1983 which is four-fifths of the band's 38-year existence. He has appeared on fifteen of their twenty-one studio albums, including the latest, 'Aftershock'.
Phil Campbell's All Starr Band features Phil alongside his three sons, Todd, his eldest, Dane from Straight Lines and Tyler from The People The Poet.
Motörhead were due to tour the UK in November/December, as they always do, but Lemmy's health concerns meant the tour had to be postponed until February. So with no Christmas gigs to play, Phil put his All Starr Band together and duly hit the road.
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The set is comprised of some very interesting covers and plenty of Motörhead classics and it is highly enjoyable.
Phil has a very easy rapport with the gathered masses when he takes the mic between songs and his genuine gratitude to people attending at Christmas when money is short and it's belting down outside shines through. This is a man who loves what he does and loves those who enjoy it.
Raised glasses to Wurzel was followed by two of Mick Burston's mates taking the stage with bass and guitar for 'Ace Of Spades' as a tribute to their fallen comrade and it was a rousing moment.
There was a theory doing the rounds that Phil has put this band together as he is preparing for life after Motörhead. Whether or not that is accurate is a point for debate.
Motörhead are booked for Wacken 2014 and several other high profile appearances are also scheduled so it looks from here that there are no plans for one of the greatest rock bands of all time to call it a day yet or even withdraw from touring, as Lemmy suggested could happen two months ago.
But should there come a time when Motörhead ever hang up their bullet belts, you can be sure that Phil has a great alternative here, ready to go and that the classics that were aired tonight will be kept alive long after the 'head collectively stop raising hell.
Catch this show if you can because it is seriously enjoyable and will make you feel good. And isn't that what rock n' roll is all about...
Children of The Grave (Black Sabbath cover)
Cat Scratch Fever (Ted Nugent cover)
Iron Fist (Motörhead song)
Nutbush City Limits (Tina Turner cover)
Born To Raise Hell (Motörhead song)
Dog Faced Boy
Orgasmatron (Motörhead song)
Over The Top (Motörhead song)
Killed By Death (Motörhead song)
Ace of Spades (Motörhead song)
Jumping Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones cover)
Communication Breakdown (Led Zeppelin cover)
There is no video footage from The Garage available so I have included these two clips from other recent gigs.