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The Garage, London
Thursday 19th December 2013

steve goldby

phil campbell

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.

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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.

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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.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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