MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell will release his first single as a solo artist this Friday, April 1.
Campbell‘s forthcoming solo album is expected to feature guest appearances by Chris Fehn of SLIPKNOT, JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford and UGLY KID JOE vocalist Whitfield Crane.
Asked in a 2012 interview if he has ever considered making a solo CD, Phil responded: “Yes, I have thought about it a lot. But I shelved it a couple years ago, because I’ve decided that I want to write a book about all the insane things that happen on tour. So, I’m trying to compile all of those stories and funny situations. So, at this point, I’m working on that. But, I’m a bit lazy, so it’s taken a while. But as far as a solo record, I do have a studio at home, it’s just hard finding the time. With MOTÖRHEAD, we’ve been working so hard, for so long.”
Asked by Headbangers Lifestyle‘s Lilo at the end of last year if there are any plans for him to write and an autobiography or have a film made about his life, Campbell responded: “I don’t want a film about my life; no way. I’m working on a book of the funny stuff. I don’t want a life story; I just want the funny stuff. [It’s] gotta be documented, ’cause some of it’s pretty bizarre and unbelievable. It’s totally funny, though. [It’s a book about] my experiences. It’s what would normally not happen if you weren’t in this band.”
Regarding when fans can expect to see his book released, Campbell said: “I’m seriously working on it now in January. It’ll be a year or two [before it comes out], but it’ll be worth it.”
MOTÖRHEAD was forced to cancel three shows last November after Campbell became ill and required hospitalization.
MOTÖRHEAD frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, who celebrated his 70th birthday on Christmas Eve (December 24), learned two days later that he was afflicted with an aggressive form of cancer. He died two days later, on December 28, at his home in Los Angeles.