Music Diary – 10th February

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 10th February!

cliffburtonprofHappy birthday to Mr. Clifford „Cliff“ Lee Burton, who was born on the 10th February 1962 in Castro Valley, California (USA)!

As a boy, little Clifford was introduced to classical music by his father and he started to take piano lessons. At the age of 13, Cliff began playing the bass like a maniac – six hours at least per day!

As a student, he founded his first band EZ-Street, featuring also guitarist „Big“ Jim Martin and drummer Mike Bordin (these two guys became members of the legendary crossover formation Faith No More). With Martin, Cliff Burton formed later the group Agents of Misfortune. In 1982, another chapter has began for the bassman: He joined his first major act called Trauma. Performing at the Whisky a Go Go, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich from Metallica, which had formed the band the previous year, attended the show. After the concert they ask Cliff to join the band as the new bass player – and Burton agreed. He recorded only the three Metallica albums “Kill ‘Em All” (1983), “Ride the Lightning” (1984) and “Master of Puppets“(1986).

On the 27th September 1986, Cliff Burton was killed in a tragic accident. The tour bus crashed due to black ice during the Scandinavia tour between Stockholm and Copenhagen. Burton was thrown through the window and the bus fell on him. The musician died at the age of only 24 years.

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Music Diary – 27th September

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 27th September!

Clifford Lee Burton (10th February 1962 – 27th September 1986)

Clifford Lee Burton (10th February 1962 – 27th September 1986)

On the 27th September 1986 Metallica’s bass player Cliff Burton was killed in a tragic accident. The tour bus crashed due to black ice during the Scandinavia tour between Stockholm and Copenhagen. Burton was thrown through the window and the bus fell on him. The musician died at the age of only 24 years.


Burton joined Metallica in 1982 and he contributed his bass lines for the first three studio albums „Kill ‚Em All“ (1983), „Ride the Lightning“ (1984) and „Master of Puppets„(1986). And for the song „To live is to die“, which is on the fourth album „…And Justice For All“ (1986), he received the poshumous writing credits. On the 4th April 2009 Burton was also inducted posthumously with Metallica into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also he was selected as the 9th greatest bass player of all time in an online poll by the Rolling Stone magazine in 2001.

Jason Newsted, who played for Flotsam and Jetsam, replaced Burton in 1986. After 15 years with Metallica, Newsted left the band in January 2001 and Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies, Ozzy Osbourne) became the new bassist two years later.

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