I remember this guy lit my couch on fire a couple of times.
was so completely honest to himself and the people around him.
He hated all this being-put-on-a-pedestal bullshit.
drum tech, Marrs on the first time James and Lars saw Cliff play
could just see them go, oh my God! Look at that guy!
The thing that struck them most was that while you see lead guitar-playing,
here you had a guy playing lead bass! They thought that was great.
To this day, I think about him every day.
We heard this wild solo going on and thought, I dont
see any guitar player up there. It turned out it was the
bass player, Cliff, with a wah wah pedal and this mop of hair.
He didnt care whether people were there. He was looking
down at his bass playing.
We always miss Cliff, but he is kind of on the record (
Justice For All). The song To Live Is To Die is really
based on a number of riffs that Cliff wrote a couple of years
ago. Its kind of cool to have something written by Cliff
on the new album.
He was a great and very special talent
solos were absolutely brilliant.
(on continuing after Cliffs death)
Knowing Cliffs attitude, hed kick our butts
if we quit.
I know Cliff, more than anyone else in the band, would have
been the first guy to give us a kick in the ass, and wouldnt
want us to sit around. Its what he would have wanted us
I saw the bus lying right on him. I saw his legs sticking
out. I freaked. The bus driver, I recall, was trying to yank the
blanket out from under him to use for other people. I just went,
Dont fucking do that! I already wanted to kill
the guy. I dont know if he was drunk or if he hit some ice.
All I knew was, he was driving and Cliff wasnt alive anymore.
He was always against looking too posey, he was always
into just looking natural.
"He is the Hendrix of bass for his ground breaking style".
"Cliff Burton was the man who had that wild spirit that makes
a band like Metallica a quality band. He wasn't only the bass
player, or someone else in the band who co-write the songs, he
was the man who made Metallica reach the sky. After his death,
Metallica sold their souls for fame and fortune, things that he
would never wanted to deal with. He'd never allowed all that "Black
Album" to happen, and neither that damn "Load"
thing. When Metallica lost their bass player, they also lost their
He was a wild, hippie-ish, acid-taking, bell-bottom-wearing
guy. He meant business, and you couldnt fuck around with
him. I wanted to get that respect that he had. We gave him shit
about his bell-bottoms everyday. He didnt care. This
is what I wear. Fuck you. He loved music. He was really
intellectual but very to the point. He taught me a lot about attitude.
we came up here and played with Cliff, who just blew
the doors off of anyone weve ever played with. Hes
the new Steve Harris of metal.
I had seen Cliff in this band called Easy Street when I
was like 16 years old at a club called International Cafe in San
It always stuck in my mind. This guy with wild,
wild red hair flying all over the place and a Rickenbacker and
a real distinct bass style and I thought to myself, This
guy is fuckin wild!
(upon replacing Cliff)
There was a huge shadow there. Id always looked up
to him so much.
I wasnt too angry in the beginning. I was obviously
grieving, but the anger started setting in when I realized that
its not new that people in rock-n-roll die, but usually
its self-inflicted in terms of excessive drink or drug abuse.
He had nothing to do with it. Its so useless. Completely
The only person who was able to figure out a time and write
it on a piece of paper was Cliff. He had an immense knowledge
of timing, musical harmonies and music theory in general.
People probably thought, Oh, they're not going to
do the heavy lyrics now because of what happened. Man, those
lyrics mean a lot more to me now."
If we had hung it up, Cliff would've been so pissed off.
Cliffs taken classes in school on music theory, things
like mixing harmonies together. I think he took a junior college
In Denmark while recording Master Of Puppets, we hung out
a lot. Wed go out and play poker for 8 hours straight after
being up for 24 hours. Wed find a seafood restaurant that
was open, eat raw oysters and drink beer, scream at the natives
while we were drunk
thats some of my best memories
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