In a brand new interview with the "CATtales" podcast, Phil Campbell reflected on MOTÖRHEAD's final tour leading up to the December 2015 passing of the band's frontman Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister. "Towards the last couple of years, Lem wasn't quite himself," the MOTÖRHEAD guitarist said (hear audio below). "He just wanted to carry on. You could see Lemmy aging a little bit more, 'cause he was a fair amount older than the rest of us. But he was doing fine — he was playing fine. We just carried on. We kind of slowed it down a little bit, but it was still full-on touring compared to what other bands do. Us slowing down was just like full-on [touring] for many other bands. So we'd still go on tour for two months anywhere where they would have us… But Lem played, basically, like he wanted to do as long as he possibly could. But it was difficult to watch sometimes at the very end." According to Campbell, MOTÖRHEAD's end was difficult to adjust to at first. "For 30 years, it was like my routine, basically — traveling on a bus and meeting at airports and soundchecks and having a laugh and watching TV and all the stuff day after day after day after day after day, all of a sudden it just stops," he said. "[But I have] great memories. We made some great music for people to still rock out to, so that's great." Lemmy died in December 2015 at the age of 70 shortly after learning he had been diagnosed with cancer. He had dealt with several health issues over the last few years of his life, including heart trouble, forcing him to cut back on his famous smoking habits. MOTÖRHEAD had to cancel a number of shows in 2015 because of Lemmy's poor health, although the band did manage to complete one fin Campbell joined MOTÖRHEAD in 1984 and appeared on 16 of the band's studio albums, beginning with 1986's "Orgasmatron" and ending with MOTÖRHEAD's final release, "Bad Magic". Phil released his debut solo album, "Old Lions Still Roar", last October via Nuclear Blast. The disc, which had been in the works for more than five years, included guest appearances by Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST), Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER) and Alice Cooper, among others. Campbell is the leader of PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS, in which he is joined by his sons Todd, Dane and Tyla, plus vocalist Neil Starr.
In a new interview with the "Into The Darkness" podcast, MEGADETH drummer Dirk Verbeuren spoke about the passion that his bandmates Dave Mustaine (guitar, vocals) and David Ellefson (bass) still have for performing live, nearly 40 years into the group's existence. "With Dave, he's very passionate about what he does," Dirk said (see video below). "And I think it's a beautiful thing. Both Dave and David — it's been so many years, and they haven't lost the fire that drives them wanting to do this. It's not just, like, 'Hey, we're getting paid to do the shows. Just play the fucking show and half-ass it.' No. There's constant discussion about how to make things better. And when we're on stage, it's magical. There's a respect that comes from those guys for their body of work and for their fans that you can feel when you become a part of that. You feel like it's your obligation to give 110 percent at all times, which that's my spirits anyway when I do something, so it's not too hard for me to be in that mindset. But definitely they enhance it and they have that. And that's why when you see a MEGADETH show, if you go see one now with the current lineup, it's full-on. Sure, none of us are 20 years old anymore and it might not be the same energy as when the band started out, because that's just not possible, but there's a lot that goes into it. There's a lot of energy and a lot of passion and power that goes into it and that we try to bring to those who are watching the show, for sure." Asked if Mustaine has always been happy with Dirk's live performances with MEGADETH, the drummer replied: "Most of the times, yeah. I remember one time he said to me, 'Dirk, you played really bad tonight.' It was in the bus after a show. And I was, like, 'Oh, man. I'm sorry. I'll work on it and stuff.' And then I think it was the next day or the day after, we had another show, and he came up to me and he said, 'I'm sorry I was so hard on you the other day.' And I'm, like, 'Dude, it's cool. You put the bar really high. I have the utmost respect for that. You're passionate about what you do, and you've been doing this for so many years, and you still want it to be fantastic every night. And I can only respect that, and I'm gonna do the best I can every night. You can count on that.' And truly, it's amazing to see, because you never know how something like that is gonna be with any band that's been at the top for 30 years, 'cause MEGADETH has been huge for 30 years. And so to see that, and to see that he cares that much about putting on a good show, that's fucking cool." Verbeuren had been playing with SOILWORK for more than a decade before joining MEGADETH in 2016 as the replacement for Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD), who called Dirk "probably [one of the] top three drummers in the world." In interview with the KATT Rock 100.5 FM radio station, Mustaine described Dirk as "one of the most pleasant, easy-to-get-along-with guys I've ever met in my life. I'll walk up to him and he'll smile and lean forward and pat me on the back. He goes [adopts thin accent], 'How's it going, buddy?' I could say, 'Oh, man…'… anything. 'Oh, okay, buddy.' [He] smiles and pats me, 'cause he's just a happy guy. I've never, ever, ever seen him not smile."