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Phil Buerstatte, Drummer for White Zombie and Last Crack, Dies at 44

Phil Buerstatte
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Sad news to report as one-time White Zombie drummer Phil Buerstatte has passed away at 44 years old. The stickman was also a member of the band Last Crack.

Buerstatte was a member of White Zombie from 1992-1994, hitting the road with the iconic industrial act for its ‘La Sexorcisto’ tour. The percussionist also recorded three songs with White Zombie: ‘Feed the Gods’ from the ‘Airheads’ soundtrack, ‘I AM HELL’ for a ‘Beavis and Butthead’ soundtrack and a cover of Black Sabbath‘s ‘Children of the Grave.’ Buerstatte also played drums for Wisconsin progressive groove metal act Last Crack for over a decade in the ’80s and ’90s.

According to Bloody Disgusting, Rob Zombie posted a memorial for his former drummer. “Well, I heard rumors of this a few days ago but I wasn’t sure if they were true or not,” Zombie begins. “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 trouble 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.” However, Zombie’s post no longer appears on the horror rocker’s Facebook page.

Buerstatte was also remembered by former Last Crack bandmate Paul Schluter in a 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.”

Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Phil Buerstatte. Check out the drummer’s work in the White Zombie track posted below.

White Zombie, ‘I AM HELL’

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