Motorhead’s Phil Campbell Out of Hospital, Back Onstage After Canceling Three Shows
Motorhead were forced to nix three shows due to the hospitalization of guitarist Phil Campbell, but the veteran axeman is now back onstage and banging heads again! As the band had expected, he returned to perform in Gothenburg, Sweden, last night (Dec. 1) and the rest of the group could not be more ecstatic to have him back.
The details behind Campbell's hospitalization have yet to be released, which led to some wild speculation about what was ailing him. Some outlets had falsely reported that the six-stringer had died, which clearly outraged the band. Expressing both exuberance and rage, Motorhead posted on their Facebook page that their guitarist was back and had some words for those anxiously awaiting a juicy headline.
It has been a tough year for Motorhead fans as they have had to bear through Lemmy Kilmister's health issues that forced some cancellations on the band's U.S. tour. Plus, this fall, the band mourned the passing of former drummer Phil 'Philty Animal' Taylor.
Due to a lung infection, Lemmy was kept off the stage in late August and early September, though he valiantly made an effort to perform the shows in spite of his haggard condition. This, coupled with other issues that had been plaguing the iconic frontman, like the installation of a defibrillator in his chest in 2013 and diabetes, have been points of concern over the last few years.
Motorhead are currently on the road in Europe supporting their 2015 release, Bad Magic. The band's 22nd studio album delivers the timeless and uncompromising Motorhead sound that has been destroying eardrums for almost 40 years. The power trio will be wrapping things up for the year in Finland on Dec. 6 and are scheduled to head back out to Europe in January of next year. For a full list of dates, check the Motorhead website.
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