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Metallica recalls final show with late bassist Cliff Burton


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Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett looked back on the band’s final show with bassist Cliff Burton in a new interview with Rolling Stone. The gig, which took place on September 26th, 1986 in Stockholm, Sweden, is included on the upcoming deluxe box set reissue of Metallica’s landmark 1986 LP Master Of Puppets, due out on Friday (November 10th).

Asked if listening back to the show was an emotional experience, Ulrich replied, “Obviously, we’re 31 years past this. So you pause, you reflect, you think, you appreciate, you’re humbled. I move so fast through a lot of the stuff that I never slow down long enough to reflect. And occasionally, when you sit with some of the stuff at 2 o’clock in the morning, you go, ‘Wow.’ When you sit there and listen to the last two songs or look at the pictures from the last show with him, it stops you in your tracks as you deal with it.”

  • Pressed about what he recalled from that last show, Ulrich said, “We played the show in Stockholm, and it went incredibly well. I think it may have been a rare case where we actually played an additional song that wasn’t on the set list, because the show was so good. That’s not something we did a lot then or now. So there was a good vibe.”
  • Hammett added, “I distinctly remember that show being good, and the feeling when we got offstage was really great and positive and forward-looking . . . then the accident happened and it literally felt like we were going from a hopeful sort of circumstance to one where we found ourselves in into a deep, black pit.”
  • Burton was killed on September 27th, 1986 when the band’s bus flipped over after the driver lost control of the wheel. He was 24 years old.
  • The Master Of Puppets reissue has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality and is available as a Standard LP, Standard CD, three-CD Expanded Edition, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set, along with digital versions as well.
  • Bonus content in the set ranges from previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews and live tracks to a 108-page hardcover book, DVDs, handwritten lyrics and more.


SIDE NOTES: Metallica performed on Thursday night (November 9th) at the Band Together Bay Area benefit concert in San Francisco, along with Dave Matthews and others. All of the show’s proceeds are going to relief efforts following the devastating wildfires that recently ravaged Northern California. The concert was streamed live on, the band’s YouTube channel and the group’s Facebook page. 


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