Former Running Wild Guitarist Michael Kupper Has Died at 65, Fans Mourn Legend

Guitarist Michael “Majk Moti” Kupper, who played in German heavy metal band Running Wild from 1985 to 1990, has died at the age of 65, according to former bassist Jens Becker and former drummer Stefan Schwartz. Mann confirmed it on social media last Friday (February 17). No cause of death has been revealed at this time.

Becker, who was with Running Wild from 1987 to 1992, wrote in a Facebook post: Have a safe journey dear Magik. ” Similarly, Schwartzman said: RIP Majk Moti”, the band’s official Instagram page posted yesterday (18th February), “RIP Brother (Majk Moti 29th August 1957 — 16th February 2023)”.

Running Wild was formed in 1976 (as Granite Heart) and was considered one of the most important German power metal groups in the early to mid-1980s.They changed their name to Running Wild in 1979 (after hearing a Judas Priest song), and although their first two records favored satanic imagery and lyricism, they soon became pirates. , war and other historical concepts. blood of blood), but the Bowser era was easily their best.

Kupper succeeded Gerald “Preacher” Warnecke in 1985 and made his studio debut on his sophomore LP. stigma and banishment,same year. Over the next five years he made three more studio appearances on his albums (including two of his with Becker and his one with Schwartzmann), his last being his 1989 album. It was of the age. death or gloryHe also recorded two live collections with the group before being replaced by Axl Morgan in 1990.

From there, and as Blubbermouth confirmed, Kupper “reportedly worked as a computer programmer for over 15 years. He later worked for a digital advertising company.” Started his own band, Dorka, with “Mel” Dorka-Lewis. He has also performed with Random, Gate, Wild Knight, Metallian, and appeared in his music video for Orden Ogan’s “We Are Pirates!”

Not surprisingly, many fans shared their appreciation for the late musician on social media. Specifically, one Twitter user said: Similarly, someone responded to Becker’s announcement. He wrote the soundtrack to our youth. He is very sorry to have lost him. RIP. “

You can view posts by Becker, Schwarzmann, and Running Wild below, or view other reactions. You can also scroll down to hear some of his work on Running Wild.

Of course, Loudwire extends its deepest condolences to Kupper’s bandmates, friends and family.

Band members and fans mourn the passing of Running Wild’s Michael ‘Majk Moti’ Kupper

“Branded & Exiled” on Swiss television in 1985

Rampage “Under the Jolly Roger”

Rampage “Port Royal”

Running Wild “Riding the Storm” Live in Germany 1989

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