"Cliff ran that band;
absolutely nothing happened without his okay. People don't
realize how important he was..." - Ross Halfin
Birthplace: Castro Valley,CA
Instrument: Bass guitar
instrument: He had ever learn
Groups: Trauma,EZ Street,A.D.2
Million,Agents of Misfortune
Quote: To Live Is To Die.
For three and a half years Cliff worked hard to
take Metallica to the top. After replacing Ron McGovney in late
1982, Cliff instantly made a name for himself with his classic
windmill style of thrashing onstage, with his hair flying out in
all directions, and with his outdated, completely "unfashionable"
image: with his hair hanging straight down from his head, he
seemed eternally clad in a pair of bell-bottom jeans and a faded
denim jacket. If it was cold, he wore a flannel shirt underneath
and those cool black fingerless gloves.
Cliff was often referred to as the "soul
of Metallica," and he was an integral part of their
innovative sound and approach during a particularly important
period in their development.
On September 27th,1986
Metallica held several tour arround Skandinavia, and will be
finished in Stockholm, Unfortunately the bus that carrying the
crew having an accident that killed Cliff Burton, Cliff ejected
from the window while he was sleeping on that bus....
He was certainly the most unanimously
appreciated by the band members as well as by the public. In fact,
many original fans of the band maintain that the true free spirit
of Metallica died with him.
In fact, even today, more than ten years since
his death, Jason Newsted is still considered Cliff's replacement.
Sadly for Jason, he will never truly be accepted by those who
knew the band when Cliff was around.
At the conclusion of his memorial service (October
7, 1986), "Orion" was
played. The elaborate instrumental made a fitting tribute for the
young bassist since it was largely his composition.
Cliff was cremated and his ashes were spread at
one of his favorite hang-outs, the Maxwell Ranch.\par In the
final ceremony, a group of close friends and family formed a
circle around Cliff's ashes, and one by one, each person walked
towards the middle of the circle, took a handful of his ashes,
said something about Cliff and then threw his ashes in to the
the race to play bass with MetallicA...
MetallicA memories are understandably a little
hazy when it comes to trying to recall all of the many bass
players who came down to audition after Cliff's death.Practically
every bass player in town had a go,from the famous to the not so
famous.The gig was so desirable that even several guitar players
strapped on a bass.Many of course are not even worth remembering,while
other worthy players simply didn't fit in(which in MetallicA`s
case,was a necessary requirement).The auditions are remembered by
those who were there as both hot and extremely loud,hardly ideal
conditions in which to impress such demanding musicians.Many who
survived this trial by fire have gone on to success in their own
right.Among the songs played at tryouts were "Master of Puppets","Damage Inc." and "For Whom the Bell Tolls".
One person that the band asked to audition but
who didn't was Joey Vera from Armored Saint.Vera has no regrets,as
Armored Saint have just release the best record of their career
and MetallicA are doing just fine with Jason Newsted,but it's
interesting to reflect on what might have been.
a partial list of contenders:
Greg Christian from
Willie from Laaz
Les Claypool from
Troy Gregory (The
guy who replaced Jason in Flotsam & Jetsam)
Gene Gilfen from
Mel Sanchez from
Yaz from Heathen
The guy from
The guy from