Walter Lure of Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers has died aged 71: RIP Walter

We are very sad to hear that Walter Lure (22 April 1949 – 22 August 2020), guitarist from New York Punk band The Heartbreakers has died after a short battle with liver and lung cancer.

It is reported that he died peacefully at home with his family.

Walter Lure live at Rebellion Bar Manchester

Walter was the last surviving member of the Heartbreakers to play on their iconic studio album L.A.M.F. (which stands for ‘Like a Mother Fucker‘), recorded in 1977.

After the Heartbreakers Walter’s career took a different direction and he had a successful career as a stockbroker on Wall Street but he still loved playing music, fronting his own band The Waldos.

He toured the L.A.M.F. album over the last few years, playing Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool only last year, as well as Rebellion Bar in Manchester, which I was lucky to be able to attend.

Mick Rossi from Slaughter and the Dogs who played guitar on tour with Walter says: –

Walter & I go back many years. I’ve long admired him as an artist & a musician, the classic songs he wrote will outlive us all. Matt Green of Cleopatra Records, a mutual friend, suggested Walter & I team up and go out on the road together. The last 3 years playing with Walter has been a joy for me. From headlining the mighty Rebellion Festival, to our sell-out tours of the UK, USA and Japan – Every moment was filled with fun, laughter, some red wine and we lived the rock & roll life together, we had a blast.

A more learned man you couldn’t hope to meet and learn from. A true gentleman, who never suffered fools and had little time for nonsense. He knew the value of a life well lived.

Born to Lose but lived to win. RIP Walter

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!