Motörhead - Former Guitarist Würzel Reportedly Dead At 61


According to a posting on the Facebook page of Tim Butcher - Lemmy's longtime bass technician - former Motörhead guitarist Michael "Würzel" Burston died yesterday (Saturday, July 9). The cause of death was not revealed. Würzel was 61 years old.

Before joining Motörhead in 1984, Burston had been a corporal in the Army, serving in Germany and Ireland with the 1st Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment, and had played in the bands Bastard and Warfare. Joining another relatively unknown guitarist, Phil Campbell, they played together at a Motörhead audition, and both were taken on.

Burston acquired the nickname Würzel while in the Army, being compared to the character Worzel Gummidge due to his scarecrow-style hair and bumpkin-like manner. Lemmy reportedly demanded that Würzel add an umlaut to the "U" in his name, for "heavy metal effect."

Würzel left Motörhead in 1995.

For the past couple of years, Burston has played with a new band called Leader of Down, which last month headlined the main stage at the U.K. fundraising music festival "Never Mind The Bullocks" in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance.

Würzel joined Motörhead on stage on November 28, 2009 at the Hammersmith Apollo to perform the band's classic song "Ace Of Spades".

Source: roadrunnerrecords.com
Band profile: Motörhead
 
Posted: 10.07.2011 by Dominus


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10.07.2011 - 13:34
Xim
Rocker of Worlds
Damn, another fallen musician. RIP Würzel. _\,,/
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10.07.2011 - 14:11
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Noo! Wurzel was awesome, I was very sad when I found out he'd left Motorhead. RIP Wurzel the great \m/
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10.07.2011 - 14:29
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Rip Würzel, keep on rocking.

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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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10.07.2011 - 14:41
Kass
St. Anger
R.I.P
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"The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull"
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10.07.2011 - 14:51
BloodTears
ANA-thema
RIP. Another one who leaves us.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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10.07.2011 - 15:40
Valentin B
Iconoclast
I saw a headline that "former Motorhead guitarist passed away", and i instantly thought it was Fast Eddie Clark, who's my fave 'Head guitarist, but now i see this guy also wrote some awesome stuff. Keep on rocking.
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Sing me a song, you're a singer
Do me a wrong, you're a bringer of evil.
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10.07.2011 - 17:37
In Bone Factory
R.I.P. Wurzel \m/
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a hammerhead goobrian
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10.07.2011 - 18:12
Vitriolic Hate
Chaos Reaper
RIP.
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10.07.2011 - 19:20
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
He'll be surely missed!
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10.07.2011 - 20:05
Lit. Metalhead
Account deleted
That's terrible. Such a damn good guitarist too.
R.I.P. \M/
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10.07.2011 - 20:39
Thrash666
Fuck..... R.I.P. Wurzel. Keep it Metal Forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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LONG LIVE THASH!!!!!!!!!
R.I.P. "Dimebag" Darrell Abott
Drink a "blacktooth" for Dimebag
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10.07.2011 - 20:58
Elodie Artour
Slania
Written by Xim on 10.07.2011 at 13:34

Damn, another fallen musician. RIP Würzel. _\,,/

Indeed. RIP, Würzel!
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Speak up dear 'cause I cannot hear you...
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10.07.2011 - 22:13
Saeed_P
RIP
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10.07.2011 - 22:28
LeChron James
Helvetesfossen
I'm surprised Doc Godin hasn't commented on this yet.

R.I.P. WURZEL.
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Kick Ass, Die Young

Less is More
Stay Pure
Stay Poor

Music was my life, music brought me to life and music is how I will be remembered long after I leave this life. When I die there will be a final waltz in my head that only I can hear.
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11.07.2011 - 01:06
Dark Blood
The Avenger
RIP Wurzel.
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It is humanity who must pay homage to the greatness of the Universe... not the Universe to the human narcissism.
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11.07.2011 - 02:56
LoudBoy26
I liked That Guy And The Time He Spend In Motorhead- He Was Cool
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11.07.2011 - 06:06
Pandabeer
Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!!!!!!!!! Why?! I expecting motorhead guys are such of immortal men R.I.P. Würzel
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11.07.2011 - 16:58
.Nemesis.
He died on Skylar's birthday. Skylar is a HUGE motorhead fan.
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You try to awaken me, the flesh dripping with blood
My body is there, but my soul a perilous void
Aethereal existence coming off in ambient waves
I am nothing. I AM N1H1L.
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