Würzel with Motorhead, far left.
Motörhead guitarist Michael “Würzel” Burston died yesterday at the age of 61 after a struggle with heart disease. Würzel was a member of the British metal band between 1984 and 1996, and performed on seven of the group’s albums including Orgasmatron, 1916 and March ör Die. In addition to his work with Motörhead, the guitarist recorded two solo albums, Bess and Chill Out or Die (The Ambient Album), and was more recently working on music with his new band, Leader of Down.
Motorhead was a four-piece for the duration of his tenure with the band. Following his departure they returned to their original formation of a trio. R.I.P. Würzel.