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Metallica announces official “Cliff Burton Day”


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Alameda County, California has officially proclaimed February 10th to be “Cliff Burton Day” in honor of the late Metallica bassist, who would have turned 56 years old on that date had he lived. Metallica announced the news on Twitter, writing, “It’s official! The Board of Supervisors from Alameda County has just proclaimed February 10th, 2018, which would have been Cliff’s 56th birthday, ‘Cliff Burton Day.’ Thanks to all of the fans who got behind this initiative. We love that he remains so revered.”

  • The proclamation comes after Metallica fans started a petition to recognize Burton in his hometown of Castro Valley.
  • Petition organizer Robert Souza asked the Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) to back his effort, and the Council voted 7-0 in favor of it. The issue then went to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, who voted for it on Tuesday (February 6th).
  • Burton was asked to join Metallica in 1982 after the band saw him perform with his group at the time, Trauma.
  • Burton played on Metallica’s first three studio albums — Kill ‘Em AllRide The Lightning and Master Of Puppets — and co-wrote classic songs like “Ride The Lightning,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Fade To Black,” “Creeping Death” and “Master Of Puppets.”
  • His life was tragically cut short at the age of 24 in a tour bus crash on September 27th, 1986 in Sweden.
  • Burton’s initial replacement in the group was Jason Newsted, who stayed in the lineup until 2001. Rob Trujillo joined in 2003 and remains in the band to this day.


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