Motorhead guitarist Michael 'Wurzel' Burston has died at 61

Motörhead guitarist Michael ‘Würzel’ Burston has died at the age of 61, according to the Guardian. Würzel passed away yesterday after suffering from heart disease.

A former army corporal, the guitarist joined the Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilminster-fronted Motörhead in 1984 and rapidly established himself as a fan favorite thanks to his larger-than-life personality and devotion to the metal cause. “I’m not sure why we sound like we do,” Würzel told the Boston Herald in 1991. “Maybe it’s because I hate my guitar and play it accordingly. But there’s always something to be said for banging a chord that hits you in the back of the head.

Würzel played on a string of Motörhead albums, including 1986’s Orgasmatron and 1991’s 1916, before leaving in 1996. The guitarist had recently formed a new band, Leader of Down.

You can see Würzel performing the track “Hellraiser” with Motörhead on the Tonight Show below:

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  • LOL

    \m/ \m/

    • Loser17

      \m/\m/
      Agreed

  • rip

    caught him live a couple of times. plegendary. metal all day.

    • metalhead

      i saw them too on the march or die tour in 1993

  • Pinchy McPunam

    Motorhead kicks a$$. Lemmy’s facial moles scare Twilight girls. RIP Michael.

  • ks

    Guess they needed a kick a$$ guitarist up north.
    Wow! just wow, so said, I can’t believe he was only 61.
    Thinking of family, friends and fans.

  • metalhead

    i saw motorhead in 1993 on the march or die tour with wurzel @ the old ritz in nyc which is now webster hall & i think that was mikky dee’s 1st tour with them rip michael \m/\m/

  • Happy Hippy

    Well another ROCK GOD bites the dust.Aunt Sally will be in mouring for a couple of weeks.Wurzel you raised hell !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 867-5309

    RIP Michael – my thoughts are with your family and friends.

  • Crimson Kisses

    RIP Mr.Burston \m/ \m/

  • Doug McArthur

    I toured with Motorhead in 1984, and Wurzrl was a great guy to be around. He will be missed.

  • Hey EW? Report This

    What about the bassist for the cover band for Soundgarden two days ago EW?

    He got busted for holding up a pharmacy claiming he had a bomb!

    And this was immediately before a show!

    He went off to play and got arrested at the auditorium where he was performing.

    Where is the coverage?

  • Hey EW? Report This Please?

    What about the bassist for the cover band for Soundgarden two days ago EW?

    He got busted for holding up a pharmacy claiming he had a bomb!

    And this was immediately before a show!

    He went off to play and got arrested at the auditorium where he was performing.

    Where is the coverage?…..

    • Jay

      It was the bassist for Coheed and Cambria. Maybe that’s why EW isn’t reporting that Ben Shepherd was arreseted.

  • Jay

    Or, in English, “arrested”.

  • Mark

    I got to meet Wurzel on the Orgasmatron Tour in Chicago!!! Also saw him play a few more tours with the band. Thanks for the autograph and wristband but most of all for the great memories of watching you guys play live!!! R.I.P. Wurzel

  • cary

    yes

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