After 3 decades had been over since the tragic death of the Metallica late bassist Cliff Burton, his life will be celebrated on his 60th birthday with a virtual event, soon.
Scheduled as a special live stream on February 10, the celebrations of the Metallica late bassist’s life will also be included on what would have been his 60th birthday with “Cliff Burton Day” as a virtual event. The day that the special event is set was proclaimed “Cliff Burton Day” back on the same date in 2018 by Alameda County supervisors. And as for this year, the talented late bassist of Metallica bassist, Cliff Burton, would have turned 56 years old on that date had he lived.
While the special event will start at 7 p.m. PST on YouTube.com/GOMEZGRIP, it will also feature the guest appearances of Gary Holt, Anthrax‘s Charlie Benante, Dean Delray, Big Mick, Connie Burton, Metal Joe, Dan Riley, Faith No More‘s Mike Bordin, Canada Dave, Brian Slagel, and Brian Lew with the presentation of Nicholas Gomez.
Cliff Burton was the bassist of Metallica from 1982 to 1986, appearing on the regarded band’s first three studio albums, “Kill ‘Em All”, “Ride The Lightning” and “Master Of Puppets”, before his tragic death. Metallica was on the European leg of the Damage, Inc. Tour when they lost their regarded bassist Cliff Burton due to the crush of the band’s tour bus. The talented bassist was also inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of Metallica on April 4, 2009.
So, with a need of searching for a replacement, Metallica auditioned over 50 musicians, including David Ellefson of Megadeth and others, and ended up recruiting Jason Newsted. After replacing Cliff Burton, Newsted stayed with the band until 2001, as his absence was filled with Robert Trujillo after two years in 2003.
On the other side, the Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich spoke about his former bandmate Cliff Burton‘s tragic loss back in 2016 and said:
“We were so shocked and stunned that we didn’t know what hit us. And, like most, I guess, kids in their early 20s who get ambushed with that type of thing, we jumped into a bottle of, in this case, vodka, for me, and stayed in there for quite some time. We weren’t mature enough or seasoned in life enough to know how to deal with this other than just to sort of, basically, almost hide behind the alcohol and compartmentalized it. So the next few months were very difficult, and it was crazy, but we just put the blinders on and started auditioning bass players. And we knew in our hearts that Cliff would be the first one to kick us in the ass and tell us to keep going, if he could see us mope. And so there was no moping; we just kept going the best we knew how to.”
In addition, also Metallica frontman James Hetfield reflected on what Cliff Burton might have thought about the drastic changes in its look and sound that Metallica made through the 1990s and early 2000s with albums like “Load”, “Reload” and “St. Anger” after being asked. Hetfield said:
“Well, I certainly would have thought there would have been some resistance, for sure. I think the ‘Black Album’ was a great album and I appreciate the fact that we did have the balls to do that… I would certainly think that the ‘Load’ and ‘Reload’ [era], I would have had an ally that was very against it all — the reinvention or the U2 version of Metallica.”
Ultimately, Metallica has just heralded fans that they are now on to prepare remastered deluxe versions of Load and Reload. The regarded metal band also asked fans for their help to remaster their albums which have also marked the first biggest opening week for the band, as well.