57 years old (Born on February 10, 1962)
Musician, Songwriter; He is famous from Bassist for Metallica.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). Metallica's instrumental song Orion (found on their 1986 album, Master Of Puppets) was played at Burton's funeral. Was killed in a tour bus accident on the morning of September 27th, 1986, when Metallica was touring Europe after they completed a Spring/Summer tour with Ozzy Osbourne in 1985. Jason Newsted replaced Burton as Metallica's new bassist in 1986. He likes pier fishing, hunting, jamming & hanging out with his two best friends Dave and Jim. (allmetallica.com) 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.
Cliff Burton's Best Moments
Fun Facts About Cliff Burton
The first instrument he learned to play was the piano.
Metallica's first album, Kill 'Em All, was originally titled Metal Up Your Ass, but the music censors 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," and the band members got an idea for the new title, and Metallica's debut album was titled Kill 'Em All, and was released in 1983.
The day before Cliff Burton died, Metallica drew cards. The winner was allowed to choose which bed he would later sleep in. Cliff won, and chose Kirk Hammett's bed, which would cause him his death. (metalstorm.net)
Played bass only with his fingers, never used a pick.
Was a big fan of the band The Misfits. Metallica even covered two Misfits songs (Die, Die My Darling & Last Caress/Green Hell) on their 1998 double cover album, Garage Inc.
In 1987, Metallica released a home video called Cliff 'Em All, in honor of Burton.