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 rock 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 fired 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. In 1995, guitarist Würzel departed leaving Campbell as the sole guitarist in a power trio. Since then, the band's line-up remained stable until December 2015, when Lemmy died of cancer.

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);(James St.James, Sacred Vow); Steve Vai; 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).

Members[edit]

Official[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Lemmy Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister 1975–2015 bass, lead vocals all Motörhead releases
Larry Wallis 1975–1976 guitars, backing vocals On Parole (1975)
Lucas Fox 1975 drums On Parole (1975) – "Lost Johnny" only
Phil Taylor Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor 1975–1984
1987–1992
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, backing vocals all Motörhead releases from Motörhead (1977) to Iron Fist (1982)
Brian "Robbo" Robertson Brian "Robbo" Robertson 1982–1983 Another Perfect Day (1983)
Phil Campbell Phil "Wizzö" Campbell 1984–2015 rhythm guitar, lead guitar (since 1995), backing vocals all Motörhead releases from Orgasmatron (1986)
Michael "Würzel" Burston 1984–1995 lead guitar, backing vocals all Motörhead releases from Orgasmatron (1986) to Sacrifice (1995)
Pete Gill 1984–1987 drums Orgasmatron (1986)
Mikkey Dee Mikkey Dee 1992–2015 all Motörhead releases from March ör Die (1992) – "Hellraiser" only

Other[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Tommy Aldridge Tommy Aldridge 1992 (session) drums March ör Die (1992): "Stand", "Cat Scratch Fever", "Bad Religion", "Jack the Ripper", "Asylum Choir", "Too Good to Be True", "You Better Run", "Name in Vain" and "March ör Die"
Garry Bowler March ör Die (1992): "Stand" demo only
Todd Youth 2003 (touring) guitars none; filled in for three dates on a tour of the United States, as Phil Campbell's mother had died and he was unable to continue on tour.
Matt Sorum Matt Sorum 2009 (touring) drums none; filled in on a 2009 US tour while Mikkey Dee took part in Kändisdjungeln, a Swedish version of I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!. "I asked Lemmy when we were gonna rehearse," Sorum recalled. "He said, 'We're not. Learn the songs and I'll see you in DC… It was time to step up or get the fuck out. It's been one of the most challenging things I've ever done… I've lost a few pounds and got about twenty-five blisters."[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kern, Rob: "What's been the highlight of the shows? That I'm still alive!"; Classic Rock #138, November 2009, p19

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