Remembering Cliff Burton On His Birthday

bassist Cliff Burton would've been 54 today (February 10th.)  His influence on metal and his presence on those early Metallica records (1983's Kill'Em All, 1984's Ride The Lightning and 1986's Master of Puppets) is undeniable, and to say he's greatly missed is an understatement.  

To honor Burton's life, we look back at some of those killer bass solos and a couple stories from James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett.

(Clips contain some NSFW language.)

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.