The lead guitarist of the British heavy metal band Motörhead, Phil Campbell has disclosed the challenging audition process Lemmy Kilmister employed for the new guitarist when the former member of the band, Brian Robertson, left them.
As you may know, Motörhead‘s founder and lead singer Lemmy Kilmister passed away in his house on December 28, 2015, only four days after his 70th birthday. Up until his death, Kilmister had suffered from many diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, and prostate cancer.
During a recent radio broadcast, Phil Campbell, who was the guitarist of Motörhead from 1984 until the sorrowing death of Lemmy Kilmister, told the story of how he managed to join Motörhead despite the compelling method of Kilmister.
Campbell recalled those days and said that he had to make a big effort even to get auditioned as a new guitarist candidate. He said Lemmy told him after he was accepted that they purposely didn’t put an advert, just announced that Brian Robertson had left.
In this way, Kilmister managed to find people who really wanted to have an audition, overcoming the challenges, such as trying to find out the record company’s phone number and then getting the management phone number.
Here’s what Phil Campbell said about auditioning for Motörhead:
“Yeah, well, Lemmy told me that they purposely didn’t put an advert, they just announced that Brian Robertson had left.
He said, ‘So the people who really wanted to have an audition, they had to make a big effort, to find out the record company’s phone number and then get the management phone number and…’
They took a bit of effort so Lem’s way of thinking was, ‘At least the people who wanted to apply on the first value of it really wanted to have a go for it.'”
Check out the rest of the conversation below.