We salute former Metallica bassist, Cliff Burton with today’s 5 @ 5 on the 30th anniversary of his death. Request any Metallica song featuring Cliff, who left us September 27th, 1986.
The craziest part of this story is it could have been a different member of Metallica, from Ultimate Classic Rock:
On the night of Sept. 26, 1986, Metallica were traveling between tour dates in Sweden when Burton and guitarist Kirk Hammett drew cards to decide who would get to choose a bunk. The bassist drew the Ace of Spades, and chose the bunk Hammett had been occupying. “I said fine, take my bunk,” the guitarist recalled in VH1’s Behind the Music. “I’ll sleep up front; it’s probably better anyway.”
In the early morning hours of Sept. 27, 1986, shortly before 7AM, the band members were awakened abruptly when the bus began to careen from side to side. The driver later told authorities that he lost control of the bus after hitting a patch of black ice. The bus left the road and flipped over on its side, and Burton – who had been asleep in the preferred top bunk – was thrown through the window. As the bus came down, it landed on top of the 24-year-old musician.
The bassist who played bass without a pick, just his fingers. Part of the legendary metal rhythm section with Lars. A big part of songwriting for the first three Metallica albums too. Rest in Peace.