MOTÖRHEAD’s PHIL CAMPBELL Says He And MIKKEY DEE ‘Didn’t Have A Chance To Say Goodbye’ To LEMMY Before He Died

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During a recent interview with Robert Cavuoto of Myglobalmind, former MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell was asked if he and his then-bandmates knew things weren’t going well when they were forced to cancel several shows because Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister‘s health was declining.

 “Yeah, we knew, but Lem wanted to just carry on then. I know the last tour in Germany, I think one or two shows were canceled ’cause I ended up in hospital. And I came back out and we finished the tour. And that was the last tour then; the last show was in Berlin.

“So the last week of MOTÖRHEAD, actually I was the one in bloody hospital. But we never thought — when we parted at the end of the tour, we never thought that would be the last time we’d see each other. We didn’t have a chance to say goodbye, me or Mikkey [DeeMOTÖRHEAD drummer], or nothing. I couldn’t even go over to the funeral, ’cause my doctor advised me not to, ’cause I was pretty ill myself in them days.”

On February 24th, MOTÖRHEAD released an updated version of the album, Bad Magic, with bonus tracks titled Bad Magic: Seriously Bad Magic.

This new album includes two previously unreleased tracks from the original recording sessions — “Bullet In Your Brain” and “Greedy B*stards” — as well as a live performance from their tour in Japan at the Mt. Fuji Festival in 2015.

Bad Magic: Seriously Bad Magic was released on double 12-inch vinyl, CD digipak with bonus disc, limited-edition boxset, digital download and streaming. The limited-edition boxset contains the CD digipak with bonus disc, double 12″ vinyl, exclusive Lemmy “War, Love, Death And Injustice” audio interview on 12-inch vinyl and exclusive edition MOTÖRHEAD “Murder One” ouija board and planchette.

Lemmy passed away on 28 December 2015, four days after his 70th birthday, from prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure. According to the band, his cancer had only been diagnosed two days prior to his death.