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Cliff Burton

Born: 1962-02-10 - Died: 1986-09-27
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Death Summary: Burton was killed at the age of 24 while on a European tour with his band Metallica, the tour bus hit a patch of black ice and skidded off the road, flipping over.

Metallica front man James Hetfield believed the driver to be drunk, though this was never proven.

Who was Cliff Burton : Though not the original bass player for legendary metal band Metallica, Clifford Lee Burton was the first to make it to album. He recorded with the band for the first three albums (Kill 'em All, Ride the Lightning, and Master of Puppets as well as the band's demo "No Life Til Leather") before the accident. He contributed to the writing of many of the songs on Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets. His last writing credit was for the song "To Live is to Die" on the ...And Justice for All album.

His final performance was in Stockholm, Sweden on September 26, 1986.
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  1. brittany sharpe Says:

    man cliff burton was awesome i love metellica so maybe thats why but he is still with me today

  2. patrick Says:

    cliff burton was one crazy nigger!

  3. jason Says:

    yes he was. such a sad day. 8====D

  4. tyler Says:

    Metallica For EVA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  5. Sorry Says:

    That above one is me, i’m sorry i need to control myself. that happens all the time.

  6. Hayden Says:

    Man was clliff good i think the best three albums were when he was around. and i believe that if cliff survided metallica would be a better band today

  7. grim Says:

    cliff made metallica he wrote there songs he died the pussys ran with it and justice for all including the ones who put there names on his songs

  8. emilio moreno Says:

    cliff will live foreverrrrrrrr

  9. Brad Lewis Says:

    Cliff burton is the ultimate over ruler of any metal, rock, death metal, screamo, and any other type of music Cliff Burton SHALL NEVER DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Brad Lewis Says:


  11. MeganAnne Says:

    “Cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home..”
    Rest in Peace dear, we love and miss you. <3

  12. joe pietrafeso Says:

    cliff we miss you . i want to learn to play like you.

  13. giiorgos Says:


  14. Kori Says:

    Came across this while bored at work, funny that just this morning I remembered how we used to argue on the pronounciation of Babar LOL! I miss you every day. Sure hope we get to fish in the after life! Love ya always.

  15. Devon Hill Says:

    Im only 11 but metallica is the greatest band of all time!!!!!!!

  16. mike Says:

    we missyou cliff

  17. Jason M Says:

    R.I.P cliff!you are my insperation in music!

  18. Airika Says:

    Cliff, you will always be the best bass player to ever live. Those were some amazing solos and I hope your having fun and still rocking.

  19. heather Says:

    RIP Clifford Lee Burton. he was really amazing. its a shame that he died the way he did

  20. ray mason Says:

    a great, cool, kick ass life cut way way too short!!

  21. Al Says:

    No other bassist in Metallica could fill your shoes…..you gave them a rawer edge to metal..#1 bassist in my book…R.I.P. my friend.

  22. Smoky Joe Says:

    I hope your in heaven chillin… or in hell rockin it out.

  23. willem (netherlands) Says:

    the best bassplayer 4ever

  24. Heather Conover Says:

    Another great loss to the music world. Gone but not forgotten.

  25. Heather Conover Says:

    Another great loss to the music world, gone but not forgotten. You left us too soon.

  26. Julian Says:

    first of all, cliff made me decide to play bass

    second, when the rest of metallica dies, cliff will tell them, “why’d you pick a shitty bassist like Jason?”

  27. Julian Says:

    oh yeah. happy late birthday

  28. Chip Bagley Says:

    I am convinced that and Justice for all was a completed album before Cliff died and that he wrote a majority of the lyrics, he just strikes me as the one with the conscience and the one most concerned with justice back then, in a sense the entire record was prophetic, the lyrics to “and justice for all ” are dead on to the political environment of our day.

  29. william lee Says:

    u will be missed a lot

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