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Former WHITE ZOMBIE Drummer PHIL BUERSTATTE Dies At 44

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 10:34 AM


Played For The Band From 1992-1994

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More sad news to report as Phil Buerstatte, a former WHITE ZOMBIE drummer, has died at the age of 44. The skins basher was also a member of the band LAST CRACK.

Buerstatte was a member of WHITE ZOMBIE from 1992-1994, touring with the metal industrial act for its La Sexorcisto tour. The percussionist also recorded three songs with WHITE ZOMBIE: "Feed the Gods" from the Airheads movie soundtrack, "I Am Hell" for the Beavis and Butthead movie soundtrack and a cover of BLACK SABBATH‘s "Children of the Grave". Buerstatte also played drums for a progressive groove metal act from Wisconsin by the name of LAST CRACK for over a decade in the ’80s and ’90s.

According to the Bloody Disgusting website, Rob Zombie posted a memorial for his former drummer that was as follows:

“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.” For whatever reason, Zombie’s post no longer appears on the rocker’s Facebook page.

Buerstatte was also remembered by former LAST CRACK bandmate Paul Schluter in the following written statement:

“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 lineup 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.”

RIP Phil


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