Thursday, February 15, 2018

PRO VIDEO: Metallica perform Cliff Burton Day tribute in Italy

Metallica are streaming a February 10 performance of the “Master Of Puppets” instrumental, “Orion”, at Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy as a tribute to their late bassist Cliff Burton on what would have been his 56th birthday.

“Turin! Thank you so much for helping us celebrate #CliffBurtonDay,” says the band. “Also, a huge thank you to the fans around the world who continue to honor him in their own special ways.”

The late rocker was honored by his California hometown with “Cliff Burton Day” on February 10 after fans started a petition to recognize the Metallica legend, who died at the age of 24 in a tragic tour bus accident in Sweden during the group’s 1986 tour in support of “Master Of Puppets.”

Formed in Los Angeles in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist James Hetfield, the pair pursued Burton after seeing him in performance with his band Trauma at the Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip in late 1982; they famously relocated Metallica’s home base to the San Francisco Bay Area the following year on Burton’s request as a condition of him joining the lineup.

Burton was featured on the group’s first three albums; they paid tribute to their fallen bandmate with the 1987 release of the “Cliff ‘Em All” video package.

Metallica continue to perform across Europe in support of their tenth album, “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.”

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