List of Motörhead band members

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Motörhead performing in 2005. From left to right: Phil Campbell, Mikkey Dee, Lemmy Kilmister.

The English heavy metal band Motörhead were formed in London in 1975 when singer/bassist Lemmy (Ian Kilmister) left the band Hawkwind. On the advice of Mick Farren, he recruited former Pink Fairies guitarist/singer Larry Wallis and drummer Lucas Fox.

The original line-up was short-lived and Wallis and Fox were replaced by Eddie Clarke and Phil Taylor respectively, this line-up lasting for six years, producing six albums and becoming the band's most commercially successful and critically acclaimed incarnation. Clarke was replaced for one album by former Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson.

In 1984, Lemmy remained the only member when the band was reconstituted with two guitarists, Würzel (Michael Burston) and Phil Campbell, and former Saxon drummer Pete Gill. Gill's tenure lasted three years, when he was replaced by the returning Taylor. Taylor was with the band for a further five years, then in 1992 was replaced by former King Diamond drummer Mikkey Dee, who remains with the band today. In 1995, guitarist Würzel departed leaving Campbell as the sole guitarist in a power trio.

The band have on occasion collaborated with other bands, such as The Damned as Motördamn, Girlschool as Headgirl and Plasmatics. They have also welcomed various guest contributors to both their live appearances and studio recordings, including: Slash and Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses); Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath); Steve Vai; the professional wrestler Triple H; C. C. DeVille (Poison), Mike Inez (Alice in Chains); Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe); Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy); Doro Pesch (Warlock); Brian May (Queen); Ace (Skunk Anansie); Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake).



Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Lemmy Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister 1975–present bass, vocals all Motörhead releases
Phil Campbell Phil "Wizzö" Campbell 1984–present guitars, backing vocals all Motörhead releases from Orgasmatron (1986)
Mikkey Dee Mikkey Dee 1992–present drums, percussion all Motörhead releases from March ör Die (1992) – "Hellraiser" only


Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Larry Wallis 1975–1976 guitars, backing vocals On Parole (1975)
Lucas Fox 1975 drums On Parole (1975) – "Lost Johnny" only
Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor 1975–1984
1987–1992 (died 2015)
drums all Motörhead releases from On Parole (1975) to Another Perfect Day (1983) and from Rock 'n' Roll (1987) to March ör Die (1992) – "I Ain't No Nice Guy" only
"Fast" Eddie Clarke "Fast" Eddie Clarke 1976–1982 guitars all Motörhead releases from Motörhead (1977) to Iron Fist (1982)
Brian "Robbo" Robertson Brian "Robbo" Robertson 1982–1983 guitars Another Perfect Day (1983)
Michael "Würzel" Burston 1984–1995 (died 2011) guitars all Motörhead releases from Orgasmatron (1986) to Sacrifice (1995)
Pete Gill 1984–1987 drums Orgasmatron (1986)


Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Tommy Aldridge Tommy Aldridge 1992 (session) drums March ör Die (1992)
Todd Youth 2003 (touring) guitar none
Matt Sorum Matt Sorum 2009 (touring) drums none


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