the major rager on the four-string mother fucker! it was 25 years ago today that a bus accident claimed the life of Cliff Burton. it happened while Metallica was on tour in Sweden, promoting their seminal masterpiece, Master of Puppets. I used to hear the stories of Metallica opening for Ozzy on their US tour, and how half the audience would leave, after they were done playing.
u don’t hafta be a rocket scientist to know that they haven’t done anything that’s come close to that album since. they were at their creative peak during the Cliff Burton years. every once in a while, I’ll pop in my VHS copy of Cliff ‘Em All, which is essential viewing for any Metallica fan: whether u still like them, or gave up on them 20 years ago.
Cliff’s bass solo with first band, Trauma, just before he was recruited by Metallica
Cliff’s first bass solo with Metallica
Creeping Death – Drunk On Ozzy Tour – April 4, 1986
interview from 1985
For Whom The Bell Tolls – Day On The Green – August 31, 1985