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 Cotton, James McDaniel, John Marshall, Harald Oimen, Metal Maria, Corrine Lynn, Sean 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.
- 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.”
CHECK IT OUT: Metallica on August 31st, 1985 performing “For Whom The Bell Tolls” live at Oakland’s “Day On The Green”: