RIP Cliff Burton

21 years ago on the evening of 27th September 1986 whilst on the European leg of the Damage Inc Tour in support of the Master of Puppets album, the late great Cliff Burton was tragically killed when the tour bus skidded on black ice near Dorarp rural Sweden.

To me Cliff was the greatest bass player of the time, and still has not been surpassed to this day, the main reason for me taking up the bass in my youth and a huge influence on my playing. Every time I listen to the Metallica albums that came after ‘Master of Puppets’, I can’t help but wonder what they would of sounded like had Cliff still been alive, and indeed would they of gone down some of the musical routes they did. His death was a tragic loss not only to Thrash and Heavy Metal, but to music full stop.

Recently Metallica have been playing Orion in it’s entirety on tour, with James Hetfield marking the end with ‘Cliff Burton…. RIP’, it is a wonderful tribute to a great man.



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