Motorhead drummer Dee payees tribute to passed guitarist: “We never wrote simple riffs after he left and I missed that”


Classic: Wurzel, second left, with Lemmy, Dee and guitarist Phil Campbell

Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee says former guitarist Wurzel, who died at the weekend of heart failure aged 61, was the master of the band’s classic simple song construction.

Wurzel, real name Michael Burston, was a member of Lemmy’s outfit from 1984 until 1995.

His first songwriting credit with them was the single Killed By Death and his final contributions appeared on the album Sacrifice.

But even though he’d departed under a cloud following fallouts with Lemmy over business arrangements, he remained friends with his former colleagues.

Dee tells Expressen: “Wurzel was more rock’n'roll than all of us put together.

“He wrote lots of fucking great Motorhead riffs. I missed that when he wasn’t in the band any more – we never wrote simple, classic Motorhead riffs after that. They ended with him.”

Dee says the band heard the sad news via their lawyer. He called their tour manager, who was “very surprised” but confirmed the facts from a number of sources.

The drummer thought he’d be catching up with Wurzel when Motorhead played at the UK’s Sonisphere festival on Sunday.

“He usually got up and did a song with us – I thought I’d be seeing him,” says Dee. “I guess he won’t be showing up any more.

“He was wonderful. He was really fun. There was a lot of rock’n'roll in the old man.”

Lemmy remembered the former member during Motorhead’s set at Knebworth, saying: “We’d like to dedicate this set, and our lives, to Wurzel.”

The guitarist’s final stage appearance was at the UK’s Never Mind the Bullocks festival, which raised funds for the Midlands Air Ambulance service.

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