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16th November 2017

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Former Motörhead drummer, the late Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor's original Camco drum kit with shark motif bass drumskins is up for auction at Bonhams.

These iconic original bass drum skins appeared on Phil's drum kits at numerous live shows and recordings throughout the 1980s, some of which include Top Of The Pops in 1980, the official music video for 'Ace Of Spades', released in 1980, and Motörhead's live show in Nottingham.

The Bonham's auction brochure describes the items as:

"Mirror finish, comprising; two 24 x 14inch bass drums each fitted with original front skins bearing shark teeth motifs and with an original Motörhead sticker, two original black wooden front head hoops, an 18inch floor Tom, a 16inch hanging Tom, a 15inch hanging Tom, and a 14inch hanging Tom. 'Cloud' badge.

"Each drum head on the Toms fitted with a clear Remo CS Black Dot. Accompanied by three vintage drum cases including a Le Blond bass drum case, one double braced double tom stand, various spare Remo CS Black Dot clear heads and various spare Camco lugs, dampers, and accessories."

phil taylor motorhead

Philthy, who sadly passed away in November 2015, just over a month before Motörhead mainman Lemmy, took up drumming in the early 1970s. Legend has it that he was a Leeds United football hooligan at the time and his father said "if you want to hit something, hit these drums".

He joined Motörhead during the recording of the band's first album, 'On Parole', in 1975, after original drummer Lucas Fox left. According to Lemmy's autobiography, 'White Line Fever':

"We decided that Lucas had to go, because he was starting to get very weird. He was trying to keep up with my speed habit, and of course you can't."

Then-guitarist Larry Wallis was particularly taken with Phil during his audition, continues Lemmy in his book:

"What a horrible little fucker!" he chortled. "He's fucking perfect!"

phil taylor motorhead

Phil provided a frenetic double bass drum barrage which created a new genre, Thrash Metal. Motörhead are often also credited as the first Speed Metal band due to the sensational drumming on 'Overkill', the title track of the second album.

Bonham's state provenance, which is statement of ownership, as:

"Given to the vendor by his friend, another fellow drummer, who had acquired it from a private sale in the early 1990s."

The auction takes place on 13th December at 12.00GMT and the starting price is £5,000 to £7,000. It's Lot 93 in auction 24241 at

phil taylor motorhead




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.

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