Phil Campbell (musician)

Philip Anthony " Wizzö " Campbell ( born May 7, 1961 in Pontypridd, Wales) is a British guitarist and member of the heavy metal band Motörhead.


Inspired by Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Jimmy Page, Michael Schenker and Todd Rundgren, he began at the age of ten years playing the guitar. At thirteen he was playing in a semi- professional cabaret group in South Wales. After he had played for years cheap guitar, he bought his first 1978 Gibson Les Paul electric guitar for the New Year Sale, which was stolen from him later. In 1979 he formed the band Persian Risk and released two albums with the group.

Five years later, in 1984, Campbell was offered the position of guitarist in Motörhead after Brian Robertson had left the group. Lemmy Kilmister originally planned to make only a guitarist, but finally settled on two candidates: added next to Campbell met Michael " Würzel " Burston. Burston left the group again in 1995; since then, " Wizzö " as Campbell is also called, the only guitarist from Motorhead.

Phil Campbell playing with Motörhead mainly according to his specifications -built electric guitars branded lag in the style of the model Gibson Explorer, equipped with two humbucking pickups and with only a volume control.

Since 2013 Phil Campbell has a new side project called Phil Campbell All Starr Band, join the members of Straight Lines, The People The Poet, Dopamine and Attack Attack. After Motörhead had to cancel their appearance at Wacken 2013, he acted as guest guitarist at Doro Pesch's performance of Judas Priest 's Breaking the Law Cover. He also made ​​a guest appearance at the Wacken concert of the band Ugly Kid Joe.

Private life

Campbell lives in Pontypridd with his wife Gaynor and their three children.