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 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. 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); 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).

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Official[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Lemmy Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister 1975–2015 bass guitar, lead vocals all Motörhead releases
Larry Wallis 1975–1976 lead guitar, 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
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 lead guitar, backing vocals all Motörhead releases from Motörhead (1977) to Iron Fist (1982)
Brian "Robbo" Robertson Brian "Robbo" Robertson 1982–1983 lead guitar, backing vocals Another Perfect Day (1983)
Phil Campbell Phil "Wizzö" Campbell 1984–2015 lead guitar, rhythm guitar, backing vocals all Motörhead releases from Orgasmatron (1986)
Michael "Würzel" Burston 1984–1995 lead guitar, rhythm 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 drums 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)
Garry Bowler 1992 (session) drums "March ör Die" (1992) – "Stand demo track" only
Todd Youth 2003 (touring) lead guitar none, filling in for three dates on Motörhead's 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, filling in for Mikkey Dee as drummer on Motörhead's 2009 US tour. Dee took part in Kändisdjungeln, a Swedish version of I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!.

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