When Cliff Burton died on 27th September 1986 I had no idea who he was. Yet, within 3 years his music with Metallica would change my life forever.
Killed in a tour bus crash whilst touring Sweden on the Master of Puppets tour, Cliff shaped the sound of Metallica and brought a bass sound, which to these ears was unbelievable. His work on Kill ‘Em All such as ‘Anaesthesia (Pulling Teeth)’, or the intro to ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ on Ride The Lightning was and still is some of the best I have ever heard.
Sadly he has been dead longer than he was ever alive, and yet in those short years with Metallica he left his mark indelibly. Click below to watch a video of Cliff doing what he did best; and how I remember first seeing him play whilst watching TV.