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Motorhead’s Phil Campbell Remains in Deep Mourning Over Lemmy

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Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell, in his first interview since bandmate Lemmy Kilmister‘s death late last year, says he still hasn’t come to terms with the loss.

“I’m still in shock, actually,” Campbell admitted on the Talk Is Jericho podcast. “It’s like Slash told me, he was a constant. He’s always been here in our lives.”

Harder still is the fact that Campbell would normally be preparing for another round of Motorhead shows right now. “I’ve broken down a few times, and my wife’s like, ‘C’mon Phil, get over it,'” he said. “But I expect to be packing now.” You can listen to the podcast below.

Campbell says he’s largely stayed away from media coverage in the aftermath of Kilmister’s death on Dec. 28, adding that the emotions are simply too much to bear. “I haven’t read any more articles or anything because it’s really difficult for me at the moment,” he said. “It will come. It’s just going to take a lot of time.”

Suggestions concerning a possible memorial tour have been floated, but Campbell dismissed them. “I know Lem told me that he wouldn’t want anything to stop me or anything like that, but nothing’s ever going to be called Motorhead again,” Campbell said. “I can tell you that. I wouldn’t do that. I wouldn’t disrespect. It’s not Motorhead without Lem, is it?”

For now, Campbell is working on a solo album, a project that includes contributions from Rob Halford and Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe. Down the road, Campbell added, he might entertain offers to play a benefit. “I do the occasional concert for good causes,” he said.

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