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WURZEL

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Wurzel

An English musician and formerly a guitarist in the British heavy metal band, Motörhead.

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.

The new four-piece line-up made its debut recording a backing track for The Young Ones on 14 February 1984. Burston acquired the nickname Wurzel whilst in the Army, being compared to the character Worzel Gummidge due to his scarecrow-style hair and bumpkin-like manner. Motörhead singer Lemmy demanded that Würzel add an umlaut to the 'U' in his name, for heavy metal effect.

In 1987 Wurzel recorded his first solo album, "Bess", that was not so far removed from the Motorhead sound.

On 9 July 2011, Tim Butcher — longtime bass technician of Motörhead leader Lemmy — reported that Würzel had died. 61 years og age.

Before he died, Würzel was working on new material with his new band, Leader of Down.
 
 
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