Former Motörhead guitarist Michael ‘Würzel’ Burston passes away at 61

The guitarist who played with Lemmy and the boys for 11 years was reported to have died of ventricular fibrillation, caused by heart disease, on 9 July 2011. Tim Butcher, longtime bass technician of leader Lemmy, informed the band that Wurzel had sadly passed away.

Lemmy quoted on "(He was) more rock and roll than all of us put together" and credits Burston with creating "classic" Motorhead tunes. 1984's No Remorse saw Wurzel's first appearance for the band and Lemmy soon insisted that Würzel add an umlaut to the 'U' in his name, as used in the band name for heavy metal effect! The guitarist would also release 2 solo albums including his 1987 debut 'Bess' in the spirit of the Motorhead sound followed by another in 1998 'Chill Out Or Die – The Ambient Album' cited as improvised avant-garde.

Wurzel had also most recently been working on a new band, Leader of Down, who had announced a soon to be released debut single but he'll undoubtedly be most fondly remembered for his work in providing [and thankfully immortalised in] many of the riffs and a LOT of the rock in the mighty Motorhead!

Hats off to Wurzel!

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On a lighter note Hollywood actress Kate Hudson and Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy have become parents to a baby boy, let's hope he turns out to be as musical as his father and as rock n roll as Wurzel if his father has the sense to play him a healthy dose of Wurzel and Motorhead!   More at

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