A cold morning on September 27, 1986 in Sweden was broken by the sound of a tour bus skidding off the road and flipping to it’s side. The travellers were thrash metal legends, Metallica, and though all their equipment was saved from the accident, they lost their most invaluable asset – their bassist. Cliff Burton, aged just 24, was thrown out of the bus window and lost his life as the bus landed on top of him. He was more than just a fourth member of the band – he was a legend in the making.
Even today, people have only fabulous things to say about the slain metalhead. He is known by everyone in the community as the “metal Jimi Hendrix”. He was even posthumously inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame along with his band in 2009. He was also voted as the 9th Greatest Bassist of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine.
On his 30th death anniversary, he is remembered fondly by all his fans who say he is irreplaceable. Metal brother and bandmate, James Hetfield says that it was Burton who taught him about character and shaped him into the guitarist he is today. And almost in tribute to their late brother, the band has released a brand new track off their upcoming 10th studio album, Moth Into Flame on his death anniversary.
Many magazines dedicated to the artistic magnificence that is heavy metal are paying their respects to Cliff Burton, a legend gone too soon. Earlier in the month, Rolling Stone took an interview with Hetfield and Lars Ulrich to ask them about what they felt about the incident straight after it happened. “Anger” was their common response, though now all they have is the legacy he left behind, and the band not only moved on from the traumatic experience, but have since been killing, outperforming any other contemporary in the industry.
Metallica’s latest album, Hardwired……To Self-Destruct is set for a November 18 release.