Cliff Burton

Cliff Burton

Castro Valley, Alameda County, California, USA
Death 27 Sep 1986 (aged 24)
Ljungby, Ljungby kommun, Kronobergs län, Sweden
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, Specifically: Ashes Scattered in the San Francisco Bay
Memorial ID 3200 · View Source
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Heavy Metal Musician. He was the bassist for the San Francisco-based heavy metal band "Metallica." After guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich met and became friends, they wanted to start a band. To fill the bass player position they called on Cliff Burton, who was already in his own band. Hetfield and Ulrich convinced him to join them only after agreeing to move to his hometown. Later, guitarist Kirk Hammett joined the band to replace guitarist Dave Mustaine (who would find great success as the leader of the band 'Megadeth'). 'Metallica' then produced three successful albums ("Kill 'Em All," "Ride The Lightening" and "Masters of Puppets"), toured constantly, and garnered a huge and devoted following in the process. In September 1986, while riding on their tour bus to Stockholm, Sweden, their next tour stop, the band's bus had an accident, flipped on its side and killed Cliff Burton instantly. After a brief period of inactivity, the band decided to continue, which they felt would have been Cliff Burton's wishes. He was replaced by bassist Jason Newsted, formerly of the band "Flotsam and Jetsam." Now considered a pioneer of heavy metal bass playing, Cliff Burton has gained legendary status in the genre with both fans and musicians alike. Ulrich, Hammett, and Hetfield continued to use material written by Cliff Burton on several more of the bands releases. In 2016, on the 30th anniversary of his passing, a monument was dedicated near Ljungby, Dörarp, Sweden close to where the accident happened.

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  • Added: 16 Jul 1998
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cliff Burton (10 Feb 1962–27 Sep 1986), Find a Grave Memorial no. 3200, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, who reports a Ashes Scattered in the San Francisco Bay.