On March 5, 1983, a scruffy crew of acne-afflicted youths going by the conspicuous band name of Metallica took a major step towards becoming the kings of thrash metal, when they mounted a stage for the first time alongside new bassist, Cliff Burton.
When Cliff Burton died in that tragic tour bus accident on Sept. 27, 1986, he left a void that the heavy metal community (never mind Metallica) has realistically never managed to fill. Before Burton's emergence just a few years earlier as heavy
Metallica were on top of the metal world in 1986, having just signed their first major label deal and releasing their commercial breakthrough album. But the band's year ended with a crushing blow after bassist Cliff Burton died in a bus accident while touring overseas.
Today (Feb. 10) would have been the 50th birthday of former Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, had his life not ended far too early. Burton performed on the band's first three classic studio albums, and his influence is still felt strongly in the worlds of rock, thrash and metal.
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