Michael Wurzel Burston

Monday, 11 July 2011

Michael wurzel burston- Motorhead guitarist Michael ‘Wurzel’ Burston strung his last chord Sunday, as he died at the age of 61, according to Entertainment Weekly. The guitarist passed away after suffering from heart disease.
Burston was a member of the British outfit between 1984 and 1996. He appeared on seven of the group’s albums, notably 1916 and March or Die. In his other music ventures, Burston released two solo albums. According to The Rolling Stone, he was working with his new band, Leader of Down.

Rolling Stone says that Burston acquired the name Wurzel because he was serving in Germany “as a corporal in the British army.” He was named after a British character Worzel Gummidge because of his scarecrow-style hair and his manner. Lemmy Kilmister, Motorhead’s leader, suggested adding an umlaut to the name because it sounded more “metal” apparently.
His former band, Motorhead, performed a tribute to Wurzel during their Sonisphere set, according to NME. While he wasn’t in the band, Wurzel made appearances with the band, most recently playing at the Download Festival in 2008 and on select tour dates in 2009.
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