Happy Birthday to Cliff Burton, who would have been 53 years old today. Burton, was killed in a bus accident at the age of 24, while on tour with Metallica in Europe on September 27, 1986. His loss has left a void in the metal world forever. Cliff who was born in California, became interested in music after his father introduced him to classical music and he began taking piano lessons. At the age of 13, Cliff began playing bass and vowed to be the best bassist in honor of his brother, who had passed away. Cliff toiled away in a few bands before joining his first major band, Trauma in 1982. After the Trauma show at the Whisky a Go Go, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich asked Cliff to join Metallica after the departure of former bassist, Ron McGovney and the rest is metal history.
REST IN PEACE CLIFF!!
Check out the video of Cliff in action as well as a video below from Cliff’s father, Ray Burton thanking the fans for their dedication to his son and his legacy!