ROB ZOMBIE Comments On Passing Of Former WHITE ZOMBIE / LAST CRACK Drummer Phil Buerstatte
May 21, 2013, a year ago
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Former WHITE ZOMBIE / LAST CRACK drummer Phil Buerstatte passed away over the weekend in Madison, Wisconsin. Details surrounding his death are yet to surface. He was 44 years old.
ROB ZOMBIE has since issued the following statement: "Well, I heard rumors of this a few days ago but I wasn't sure if they were true or not. But it seems that one of our former drummers for White Zombie has died. Phil Buerstatte who was in the band for about two years 1992-94 was found dead this weekend.
Phil was a very troubled guy during his time with us and I never really knew what happened to him after he left the band. The few stories I heard were not good. He played on three recordings with us in his brief time, 'Feed The Gods’ on The Airheads Soundtrack, ‘Children Of The Grave’ and ‘I Am Hell’ from the Beavis And Butthead soundtrack."
Last Crack guitarist Paul Schluter posted the following statement regarding Buerstatte passing:
"We are sorry to have to announce that Last Crack drummer and our musical brother Phil Buerstatte has passed away today. He will be greatly missed by his many friends, family and fellow band members.Pull out your Last Crack albums, crank them up loud and remember what a great drummer he was!
It is the end of an era for us and sad to say the original line-up will never be able to play together again. Our last show with Phil from 2009 is posted on YouTube in its entirety. The remaining members of the band are discussing doing a tribute show in Phil's honor in the coming months. We'll post details soon."
Buerstatte was a member of White Zombie from 1992 to 1994 and performed with the band on the La Sexorcisto tour. He was a member of Last Crack from 1986 to 1997.