Phil Campbell Plays Motorhead Classics With Robert Trujillo’s Mass Mental
Since the passing of Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister, guitarist Phil Campbell has remained active in the live setting, making guest appearances and playing out with his sons in Phil Campbell's All Starr Band. He recently reclaimed the stage to perform the classic Motorhead track "Ace of Spades" (video above) and more with Mass Mental, the rock outfit formed by Robert Trujillo of Metallica and Suicidal Tendencies fame.
The performance opens with a funk-laden groove shared between Trujillo and additional bassist Armand Sabal-Lecco (Paul Simon). After a small dose of jamming, the familiar bass line signals the beginning of "Ace of Spades." The Mass Mental lineup is rounded out by singers Benji Webbe (Skindred) and Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) along with drummer Brant Bjork (Kyuss, Fu Manchu). The band also ripped through a blistering performance of "(We Are) the Road Crew" (video below) off Motorhead's Ace of Spades album.
Mass Mental were active between 1995 and 2002, releasing How to Write Love Songs in 1999 and splitting up later as members went their own ways. Trujillo went on to join Metallica in 2003, where he has remained active since. He reactivated Mass Mental for a performance in 2013 under 'InstruMENTAL' in an opening slot for Tenacious D, leading to an eventual Mass Mental reunion in 2014.
Campbell is currently working on a book of humorous anecdotes, chronicling the 30 plus years he spent in Motorhead. The guitarist stated, “I don’t want a film about my life; no way. I’m working on a book of the funny stuff. I don’t want a life story; I just want the funny stuff. [It’s] gotta be documented, ’cause some of it’s pretty bizarre and unbelievable. It’s totally funny, though. [It’s a book about] my experiences. It’s what would normally not happen if you weren’t in this band."
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