Cliff Burton 2/10/21

Late-Metallica bassist Cliff Burton will be saluted today (February 19th) with “Cliff Burton Day” on what would have been his 59th birthday. The celebration can be accessed at at Twitch.tv/GomezGrip, with Blabbermouth posting, “The event will be emceed by Nicholas Gomez, with guests including Fred CottonJames McDanielJohn MarshallHarald OimenMetal Maria, Corrine LynnSean Killian, and more.”

The Cliff Burton Family Facebook page posted: “Join us for Cliff Burton Day 2021! February 10 @ 7 PM PST. Hear live interviews with our special guests. The show will be available at a later date on YouTube for those of you in a different time zone.”

Cliff Burton joined Metallica in 1982 and performed on the band’s first three studio albums. His died at age 24 in a tour bus crash on September 27th, 1986 while on tour Sweden.

At a January 2009 press conference announcing Metallica’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, James Hetfield was asked to speculate on what Burton would have thought of the honor: [“I hate playing ‘what-ifs.’ I love being here right now. Y’know, the spirit of Cliff lives in us, we take him everywhere we can, so I want to think that he would love this, the fact that Metallica is being recognized as something to reckon with.”] SOUNDCUE (:15 OC: . . . be reckoned with)

TL; DR

  • Late-Metallica bassist Cliff Burton will be saluted today (February 10th) with “Cliff Burton Day” on what would have been his 59th birthday. The celebration can be accessed at at Twitch.tv/GomezGrip.

FAST FACTS

  • Back in 2018, Alameda County, California officially proclaimed February 10th to be “Cliff Burton Day” in honor of the late-Metallica bassist.
  • 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.”