Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Remembering Cliff Burton: 30 Years Departure of Metal Legend

Remembering Cliff Burton. 
30 years ago, on September 27, 1986, the metal legend passed away in a tragic accident.

During the European leg of the Damage Inc. tour in support of Metallica's third studio album Master of Puppets, before 7 am on September 27, the tour bus skidded off the road (the E4, 12 miles north of Ljungby), and flipped onto the grass in Kronoberg County. Burton was thrown through the window of the bus, which fell on top of him, resulting in his death.

Burton's body was cremated and the ashes scattered at the Maxwell Ranch. At the ceremony, the song "Orion" was played. The lyrics "...cannot the Kingdom of Salvation take me home" from "To Live Is to Die" are written on Burton's memorial stone. Jason Newsted from Flotsam and Jetsam replaced the position of Metallica's bassist until he resigned in 2001. The bassist role has since been filled by producer and studio musician Bob Rock and by the former bassist of Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves, and Ozzy Osbourne, Robert Trujillo.

Tributes from other bands
Metallica wrote a tribute to Burton titled "To Live Is to Die" for ...And Justice for All. Burton also received a writing credit for the lyrics and bass parts that were taken from unused bass recordings done by Burton which were re-recorded by Jason Newsted. A non-Metallica tribute to Burton is the song In My Darkest Hour by thrash metal band Megadeth. According to Dave Mustaine, due to hearing of Burton's death, he sat down and wrote the music for the song in one sitting. The lyrics, however, are unrelated to Burton's death. On October 3, 2006, a memorial stone was unveiled in Sweden near the scene of the fatal crash. It is located by the parking lot to Gyllene Rasten. Thrash metal band Anthrax dedicated its album Among the Living to him, as did Metal Church with The Dark.

Background information
Birth name: Clifford Lee Burton
Born: February 10, 1962, Castro Valley, California, United States
Died : September 27, 1986 (aged 24), Dörarp, Ljungby Municipality, Sweden
Genres: Heavy metal, thrash metal
Instruments: Bass guitar, guitar, piano, vocals
Years active: 1980–1986
Labels: Megaforce, Elektra
Associated acts: Metallica, Agents of Misfortune, EZ-Street, Trauma.

Check out some of these video. Some footage what made him a legend.

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