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Cliff Burton


Although Metallica would turn into a ’90s rock phenomenon (credited largely partly with their multi-million selling self-titled release from 1991), the band’s main force in early stages was undeniably their late-bassist Cliff Burton. Burton acquired a major state in Metallica’s music, appearance, and direction, that was an unglamorous slap in the facial skin against glam steel (ripped jeans, tops of the fave bands, lengthy unkempt locks, etc.) with zero interest in movies or the mainstream. After Burton’s untimely loss of life in 1986, Metallica appreciated their biggest achievement, but finished up heading totally against what they originally stood for. Burton was created on Feb 10, 1962, in Castro Valley, CA, and used bass as an adolescent. Influenced generally by ’70s rock (Dark Sabbath, Blue ?-yster Cult, Hurry, Thin Lizzy, etc.), Burton maintained his vintage “bell-bottom skinny jeans” appearance well in to the style conscious ’80s, producing him a genuine primary. His playing design was unmistakable aswell; he performed a lead-style on bass which was frequently drenched with distortion. Guitarist Adam Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich understood this if they captured Burton playing L.A. along with his music group Trauma plus they instantly asked Burton to become listed on their new music group, Metallica. Burton recognized on only 1 condition: they move to SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. The members decided and Metallica was on the way. As the most “steel” bands from the period were wearing make-up and spandex, performing about partying, and playing only hard-edged pop, Metallica proceeded to go totally against the grain. Their music owed too much to the United kingdom metal rings of the first ’80s (Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Gemstone Mind), as evidenced by their tough debut record, 1983’s Eliminate ‘Em All (which noticed guitarist Kirk Hammett replace primary guitarist Dave Mustaine), that included the vicious Burton-bass single “Anesthesia (Tugging Tooth).” The music group was agreed upon to Elektra in 1984, which released their exceptional discharge Trip the Lightning, conveniently among metal’s all-time classics. However the greatest was however to arrive; Metallica’s third discharge was definitely their finest hour — 1986’s Professional of Puppets — and it broke in to the U.S. Best 30 and proceeded to go gold without the radio or MTV support. After completing a springtime/summer opening slot machine with Ozzy Osbourne, the music group embarked on a Western european tour. What must have been a period of special event quickly considered tragedy over the morning hours of Sept 27, 1986, when Burton was wiped out when Metallica’s tour bus was involved with a horrible incident. With mass achievement nearby, the music group made a decision to soldier on with ex-Flotsam & Jetsam bassist Jason Newsted acquiring Burton’s place. Burton’s tenure using the music group was celebrated using the 1987 house video Cliff ‘Em All along with a poem of his (and a few unused riffs) resulted in on the melody “TO RESIDE Is to Pass away” on Metallica’s …And Justice for any discharge. Despite scaling better commercial levels after Burton’s loss of life, all three Burton-era Metallica produces stay their finest.

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Full Name Cliff Burton
Date Of Birth February 10, 1962
Died September 27, 1986, Ljungby, Sweden
Height 1.88 m
Profession Bassist, Songwriter
Education Castro Valley High School
Nationality American

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1 The first instrument he learned to play was the piano.
2 Metallica's instrumental song "Orion" (found on their 1986 album, "Master of Puppets") was played at Burton's funeral.
3 Played bass only with his fingers, never used a pick
4 Was a big fan of the band The Misfits. Metallica even covered two Misfits songs ("Die, Die My Darling" and "Last Caress/Green Hell") on their 1998 double cover album, "Garage Inc.".
5 Metallica's first album, "Kill 'Em All", was originally titled "Metal Up Your Ass", but the label didn't like the title and forced the band to change it. After the band learned of the change, Cliff said "Just kill 'em all, man,". The rest of the band liked the phrase and decided to use it as the new title for the album, which was released in 1983.
6 One of the riffs he recorded before he died appeared on the song "To Live Is To Die" on Metallica's 1988 album "...And Justice For All".
7 In 1987 Metallica released a home video Metallica: Cliff 'Em All! (1987), in honor of Burton.
8 Was killed in a tour bus accident on the morning of September 27, 1986, when Metallica was touring Europe after completing a spring/summer tour with Ozzy Osbourne in 1985. Jason Newsted replaced Burton as Metallica's new bassist in 1986.
9 Former bassist for the heavy metal band Metallica. He worked on their first three albums ("Kill 'Em All", "Ride The Lightning" and "Master of Puppets").



Daddy's Home 2015 writer: "For Whom the Bell Tolls" - as Clifford Burton
The Big Short 2015 writer: "Master of Puppets"
Mike & Mike 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wrestle Donst Wrestle 2015 Documentary short writer: "For Whom the Bells Tolls" - as Hetfield/Urich/Burton
Metallica: Amped for IMAX 2013 Short writer: "For Whom The Bell Tolls" performed by Metallica, "Damage, Inc"
Metallica Through the Never 2013 writer: "For Whom the Bells Tolls", "Orion" - as Hetfield'/Urich/Burton / writer: "Ride the Lightning", "Creeping Death", "Master Of Puppets"
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory 2011 Documentary writer: "Fade to Black"
Ruisrock - 40 vuotta rockia ja rakkautta 2011 TV Movie documentary writer: "Master of Puppets"
WrestleMania XXVII 2011 TV Special writer: "For Whom The Bell Tolls"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hesher 2010 writer: "Fight Fire With Fire", "Anesthesia Pulling Teeth"
Zombieland 2009 writer: "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
Guitar Hero: Metallica 2009 Video Game writer: "Creeping Death", "Fade To Black", "Fight Fire With Fire", "For Whom The Bell Tolls", "Master of Puppets", "Orion"
A Cross the Universe 2008 Video documentary writer: "Final" - as Burton
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 2007 Video Game writer: "One"
Heavy Metal in Baghdad 2007 Documentary writer: "Fade to Black"
The Darwin Awards 2006 writer: "No Leaf Clover", "Sad but True" - as Clifford Lee Burton
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey 2005 Documentary writer: "Master of Puppets" - as Burton
The Devil and Daniel Johnston 2005 Documentary writer: "Master of Puppets"
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster 2004 Documentary writer: "Master of Puppets", "Damage, Inc.", "For Whom the Bell Tolls" - as Burton
Old School 2003 writer: "Master Of Puppets"
American Movie 1999 Documentary writer: "Fight Fire With Fire"
Metallica: Cunning Stunts 1998 Video documentary writer: "Creeping Death", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "Ride the Lightning", "Fight Fire with Fire", "Master of Puppets"
Spawn 1997 writer: "For Whom the Bell Tolls The Irony of it All" - as Burton
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills 1996 Documentary writer: "The Call of Ktulu", "Orion"
Metallica: Cliff 'Em All! 1987 Video documentary writer: "Creeping Death", "Damage, Inc.", "Master of Puppets", "Fade To Black", "For Whom The Bell Tolls"

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Video on Trial 2006 TV Series Himself
When Metallica Ruled the World 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster 2004 Documentary Himself
Metallica: Cliff 'Em All! 1987 Video documentary Himself (Bassist)

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1 Why should we change on stage? We're not trying to be something big and fancy, it's just us, doing what we do, we'd like to keep it that way.

1 Rickenbacker bass guitar
2 Unique bass style with heavy use of effects and distortion
3 Ripped Jeans and T-Shirt

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