Cliff Burton Remembered: Outtakes from Revolver’s Lars Ulrich Interview

Metallica bassist Cliff Burton passed away 27 years ago today. In remembrance of him, the band’s drummer Lars Ulrich (pictured left) gave a personal and emotional account of him in Revolver’s “Fallen Heroes” issue (available here). He had so many great stories about Burton, we couldn’t fit them in the magazine. So, in reverence, here is everything Ulrich had to say about Burton.

REVOLVER What do you remember about the first time you saw him?
LARS ULRICH
I had just never really seen anything quite like it. It was just unique and so original. And there was just this incredible stage presence and this uniqueness to the whole vibe. I had just never seen anything like it. It was new, it was different. And obviously you could tell there was an incredible ability, and there was a stage presence, and all this type of stuff wrapped up in this incredible type of personality. And I think we were a little intimidated by him in the beginning because he was just so unique.

But then as we got to know him a little bit, and I sort of started courting him to try and jump ship [from his band Trauma], then I started realizing he was a pretty chill dude. But he was also pretty firm on the fact that L.A. was not for him. ’Cause me and James were trying to get him to come down to L.A., and he just wasn’t into that. He was really rooted up here [near San Francisco], he really was a kind of a Northern California…almost a hillbilly like. I mean, there’s a lot of different vibes up here, and there’s definitely a kind of unique vibe in Castro Valley and Hayward and stuff. And he was a real, really rooted where it came from. And he was probably, certainly speaking for myself, I was much more of a gypsy. When we traveled and stuff like that, he was the first guy to want to go home. And he was the one who was probably at the strongest of roots of all of us. He had family and kind of a history. Me and James were more loners.

He seems like he was laidback.
He didn’t hurt people. He didn’t cross the line, but he was certainly always up for being part of stirring some shit up. But more like a rascal point of view then someone who was out to hurt people. So it was more fun and games. He would fake fight or whatever, throw some kind of fake punches, but he would never throw any real punches. I don’t think I ever saw Cliff in a fight. I don’t think I ever saw Cliff get into heated exchanges or anything. I mean, he was a pretty chill guy. And it never got nasty or unpleasant.

What are your fondest memories of him?
My fondest memories of Cliff are his total disregard for convention and his total disregard for playing things out the way you expected them. He was up to challenge the normalcy, to challenge the status quo, to just fuck with things musically, attitude-wise—the way he dressed, the way he carried himself, his sense of humor, his relationship with the music that inspired him, the music that he played. It was always very unconventional, and it was very unusual. You could certainly argue that me and James [Hetfield] at that time were more kind of the squarer guys, ’cause we were more like, “Motörhead, Iron Maiden!” Heavy metal T-shirts, and long hair and bang our heads into the wall. Cliff was just so fast in his palette of things that he was into and things that were inspiring him and the things that he was doing. So it was definitely his music, and his attitude, and his approach towards life that really inspired me and James to broaden our horizons, broaden Metallica’s horizons musically. So when I think of Cliff, that’s what I think…that’s just kind of variety and unpredictability, you know.

What are some of the bands he turned you on to?
First of all, he was classically trained and really knew his way around classical music. He actually studied classical music at college. So he’s sitting there talking about Johann Sebastian Bach, talking about some of these kind of cool classical things. And I had heard some of these words thrown around when Richie Blackmore was talking about his influences, but it was not something I had ever been exposed to.

Then he was also really…you know, this whole Southern thing. I mean, obviously I was aware of Skynyrd and had an appreciation for some of their heavier moments. But he was so immersed in Skynyrd and .38 Special and ZZ Top and the Allman Brothers and all of these things that kind of came in the wake of that Black Oak Arkansas. And the Outlaws and all that stuff, there was a whole kind of thing there.

He was also really into a lot of kind of progressive stuff like Yes, and Peter Gabriel, and a lot of f prog rock. And he was a hardcore Rush fanatic. Certainly I had an appreciation of Rush, but not to the level that he did. So there was a whole kind of array of things.

When I met Cliff in ’81, I had been through a lot of different musical experiences myself. But at that time, the things that were inspiring me to play music and so on were…I can’t say that Lynyrd Skynyrd was a particularly big inspiration for me to start playing drums. It was much more narrow. Iron Maiden and Deep Purple and Judas Priest and Diamond Head and Angel Witch, and the stories been told a thousand times. And the New Wave of British Heavy Metal stuff, and Cliff was just so wide in his scope. I played him Diamond Head. He liked some of their stuff, he liked some of Iron Maiden’s energy. He liked Witchfinder General, some of that stuff. But he also, he was a little more selective in what he liked, where me and James were more sort of like, Dude, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, it rocks! Where some of it you can argue 20, 30 years later was not as good some of the other stuff. There were hit and misses in there.

But Cliff was sort of into Peter Gabriel, the Police. Some of the stuff, I mean, it wasn’t the enemy because I was aware of the fact that there was musical integrity there. But I can’t tell you I knew much about what the Police were doing other then five songs I’d heard on the radio. But all of the sudden, in between the Diamond Head tapes and the Iron Maiden tapes being played on the tour buses and in the shitty vans, the fuckin’ Police album Zenyattà Mondatta would come on. Or what was that Yes album? 90125 or whatever. Some of that stuff would come on. It would just be nice. He loved to play some early ZZ Top. I just didn’t really know my way around Tres Hombres or the rest of those albums until Cliff started pounding them in our direction.

What do you think of him when you look back at it all now?
He was really cool. It was, obviously other than losing a brother, it would’ve been the more… I would’ve been interested to see what else he could’ve contributed, because it felt like we were just getting started. We just started playing “Orion” again on the last run, in the last two weeks [when Metallica were preparing for the Big Four concert in April]. So playing “Orion,” I think we played it like three times in the last two weeks. You sit there and all of a sudden go, Fuck! What a, just, incredible piece of music. And just so unique. And it would’ve been interesting to see what else would’ve been in that vast well of stuff that he could’ve shared with the rest of us. That will forever be the curiosity element. But I’m so glad that I got a chance to play with him for a couple, three years. And got a chance to know him, and got a chance to drink with him, and all the shenanigans that probably shouldn’t be printed in a nice, family publication like Revolver. But it definitely was a pretty nutty time, and at the time we certainly embraced what life was offering us. And accelerated it to a “mach 10,” as James used to say on stage.

 

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  • Burnz2003

    May God rest the soul of the greatest bass player ever to grace his earth.

    • Trog

      Why? Because he died young? I love Metallica and Cliff, but let’s not get melodramatic here. He was great at what he did. The best to ever walk the earth? I don’t think even he would agree with you.

      • Chrisleblanc79

        Dude, the 25th anniversary of the guy’s death is one of the most appropriate times to be melodramatic. Be objective tomorrow, wouldja?

  • T Truant

    i remember when i lisen for the first time metallica with cliff it chng my life with this music i remeber for ever tank metallica and stop never you are the best

  • pig fk

    CLIFF  EM  ALL

  • Laiseko

    He was unique , Metallica is not going to have a bass like that one again.

  • Mkiany26

    viva for ever and allways hes on my heart 

  • mono

    AMO Y SEÑOR DEL BAJO… CAPO DE LAS CUATRO CUERDAS!!!!!

  • PWOODS

    Anytime I listen to him play i get goosebumps!

  • Ennio77

    master………………………

  • http://www.facebook.com/ayahuaycco Llaquisq’a Nuna

    25 years after his death we cry…

  • Jamesengelstadjr

    Its been 25 yrs since he left us. But his influence lives on. I envy the fans that were able to see cliff live! R.I.P CLIFF you are surely missed!

  • Yamezb

    he was so damn good!!! please give us back him, and we will give bieber and that kind of crappy artists…

  • Djstephshow

    RIP …MISTER BURTON …

  • Caca

    our bass, forever….

  • Rubber

    ich vermisse ihn…

  • SMALAGISI

    cliff is one of the best things to have ever happened to metal….GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN  !!!!!!!!!

  • Veron_decaz

    señorrrr burton D.E.P larga vida al rock&roll

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dario-Contreras/1002976681 Dario Contreras

    over the top bass player

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-N-Nicki-Stephens/100001032829834 Mike N Nicki Stephens

    music still isnt the same

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002487380618 Wim Pieters

    R.I.P. Cliff , we never forget you !

  • Boy2_1981

     a trully amazing cliff…..

  • http://labilbe.myopenid.com/ Franck Quintana

    Orion is so special in the Metallica discography

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Neri-Andrade/100002067679100 Neri Andrade

    I MISS YOU
    LOVE IT

  • Andre Migue

    Le meilleur des meilleurs !! Le Jimi Hendrix de la bass!! R.I.P.

  • uihdouihfouifh

     Then make me miss you

  • Cesarlokura30

    lo maximo idolo por sienpre

  • Struky_m

    Excelente icono de la expresión metalera, y solista extraordinario
    con el bajo, a 25 años de su pérdida seguimos escuchando su música!!  kill em´all su expresión!!! 

  • invisiblekid

    Love you & Miss you Major Rager on the Four String Mother Fucker. 

  • Gonzalojsm

    Dejaste tu cuerpo atras, para entrar en donde de verdad perteneces. Maestro, por siempre vivo!
    Hail Metallica y HAIL CLIFF!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessie-Peterson/100002518178337 Jessie Peterson

    25
    years today and we all still want to know what you would have done
    next… you were heavy metals best friend…. and it misses you more
    then you can possibly imagine… R.I.P. Cliff Burton
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-John-Bolhuis/1588358274 Robert John Bolhuis

    He is al ready resting in peace would be time he comes back to play his best again o/ :D

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HMO3BTJYLSBNNZ7SYBCX3BGP7Q Jimmy

    One of the GREATS! he is missed.

  • 7pangkat7

    the best metallica bassist ever have…beside jason…

  • brandon

    the best ever!! long live his memory!!

  • Fantasmilla

    siempre te recordaremos siempre. to live to die

  • Jasongarner

    cliff was the real thunder god,he did things with the bass that most wish they could do with a six string,you are still missed by us real metallica fans from the real early days,your gone but the legend lives on

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stefan-Buldeev/100001797386597 Stefan Buldeev

    R.I.P. Cliff Burton!

  • http://twitter.com/nandarubioa Nanda Rubio A

    “Only The Good Die Young” …

  • http://twitter.com/nandarubioa Nanda Rubio A

    “Only The Good Die Young” …

  • Batmanoflove1990

    This has inspired me a lot, thanks for posting this. R.I.P cliff M/

  • Joedel38

    cool .r.i.p cliff

  • Clement Garcia

    I wonder now if he still live and the Metallica have such a wonderful great bassist of all time i think James lick his ass….hahha…REST IN PEACE,CLIFF..never to forget you…. 

  • Hasan Ayvaz

    R.I.P. Cliff 

  • Hasan Ayvaz

    R.I.P. Cliff 

  • Honey

    i have 11 years old…And i love You :x I love your music :)

  • Honey

    i have 11 years old…And i love You :x I love your music :)

  • Honey

    i have 11 years old…And i love You :x I love your music :)

  • Stuart Brownless

    Awesome Bass Player,sadly missed but never forgotten the late great Cliff Burton RIP.

  • Stuart Brownless

    Awesome Bass Player,sadly missed but never forgotten the late great Cliff Burton RIP.

  • Stuart Brownless

    Awesome Bass Player,sadly missed but never forgotten the late great Cliff Burton RIP.

  • paul meeks ft wayne indiana

    r i p cliff burton…….

  • Buła

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hilton-Andrade/592441635 Hilton Andrade

    DID YOU GUYS SEE THE CLIF BURTON FLAG MADE BY BRAZILIAN FANS AND GAVED TO JAMES H. ?! FREAK AMAZING!

  • Noora

    Thank you for ur beautiful music. I have an anniversary on Sep. 27th every year in my room.
    R.I.P

  • 13richardharris

    I think that Cliff Burton will be one of the greatest bass players of all time, would have loved to see what he would have progressed into.

    Richard Harris of Portland Oregon

    • M from France

      I agree totally! I’m sure it would have been totally different. Master was such a fantastic LP…even if I like Justice it’s a certitude that it was a kind of totally different horizon that they started to play at this point.
      We need a time travel machine!

  • BTM

    R.I.P

  • BTM

    R.I.P

  • BTM

    R.I.P

  • Tybarraybarra87

    Lost my father three years later to the day. Miss you both. God bless Metallica

  • Chinche

    METALLICA mas que un grupo mas que una banda… son grandes nunca dejen de serlo por eso hoy en dia siguen donde estan y en verdad  los apoyo en un 100%…  Cliff Burton tras su partida ya ase 25 cortos anos, gran miembro de la familia de METALLICA nunca lo olvidaremos por lo que represento y lo que representa hoy en dia para todo aquellos fanes! y amigos! que dejo en este camino tan dificil siempre te recordaremos amigo!!!… atte: chinche… venezuela, zulia, col…

  • Chinche

    METALLICA mas que un grupo mas que una banda… son grandes nunca dejen de serlo por eso hoy en dia siguen donde estan y en verdad  los apoyo en un 100%…  Cliff Burton tras su partida ya ase 25 cortos anos, gran miembro de la familia de METALLICA nunca lo olvidaremos por lo que represento y lo que representa hoy en dia para todo aquellos fanes! y amigos! que dejo en este camino tan dificil siempre te recordaremos amigo!!!… atte: chinche… venezuela, zulia, col…

  • Chinche

    METALLICA mas que un grupo mas que una banda… son grandes nunca dejen de serlo por eso hoy en dia siguen donde estan y en verdad  los apoyo en un 100%…  Cliff Burton tras su partida ya ase 25 cortos anos, gran miembro de la familia de METALLICA nunca lo olvidaremos por lo que represento y lo que representa hoy en dia para todo aquellos fanes! y amigos! que dejo en este camino tan dificil siempre te recordaremos amigo!!!… atte: chinche… venezuela, zulia, col…

  • Chinche

    METALLICA mas que un grupo mas que una banda… son grandes nunca dejen de serlo por eso hoy en dia siguen donde estan y en verdad  los apoyo en un 100%…  Cliff Burton tras su partida ya ase 25 cortos anos, gran miembro de la familia de METALLICA nunca lo olvidaremos por lo que represento y lo que representa hoy en dia para todo aquellos fanes! y amigos! que dejo en este camino tan dificil siempre te recordaremos amigo!!!… atte: chinche… venezuela, zulia, col…

  • Steverose_1979

    BADASS DUDE!     R.I.P.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Enrique-Montes/100002497918642 Enrique Montes

    SIEMPRE SERAN UNA BANDA DE LAS MEJORES  ES POR ESO Q TIENEN TANTOS SEGUIDORES COMO YO ESTOY SEGURO Q JAMAS HABRA OTRA BANDA IGUAL A UDS. METALLICA 4EVER.    R           I          P .    CLIFF   BURTON

  • Ana Paula

    Every time I listen metallica I think about Cliff. I miss him and I think he could be here sharing the wonderful career Metallica . I love Metallica and I know you will never stop. Thanks for sharing your feeling with us. We are together and the Rock in Rio was amazing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001862128199 Ryan Hopkins

    Was going to be and in my opinion, is the best bassist in the world.Be thankful for everyday you are alive,cause tomorrow you might die and would be unable to listen to Metallica anymore :(

  • Gui_pretto

    The magic CLIFF>>>

  • Gui_pretto

    The magic CLIFF>>>

  • Assie

    no one else could replace him..
    metallica no.1 group heavy metal genre music..

  • Rainer Hoffmann

    Rest in Peace

  • Ineke De Boer

    Thanx for sharing. Rest in peace Cliff

  • http://www.jasonreesemedia.com Jason D Reese

    The first 3 Metallica albums redefine heavy metal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1473639470 Andrew Nye

    I knew Cliff Rush was a huge Rush fan (which is awesome, because I’m also an insanely huge Rush fan), but he listened to Yes???  That’s beyond awesome!

    Being a bass player, Cliff’s one of my main influences and I really do miss the guy.  :(Rest in Peace, Cliff!

  • guest

    R.I.P – seen you at Solna Hallen Sweden, your last gig ever, 25 years ago….never ever forget it….

  • guest

    R.I.P – seen you at Solna Hallen Sweden, your last gig ever, 25 years ago….never ever forget it….

    • Annikaenderborg

       - from above comment..just wanted to add….Being a 14 year old girl at the time who adored the group…I thought my life was over being that silly age….but of course Metallica just grew…but we all will miss Cliff always….
      Master of Puppet is the best album there is…it is just time less and will stand by time…never get tired of listening to it….

  • Smonea1

    RIP Cliff.

  • JOSH ULRICH

    RIP CLIFF YOUU AAAREEE THE BEST IN THE FUCKING WORLD!!!!!!!!!!   \,,//

  • LEONEL_LAWRENCE

    RIP CLIFF 

  • LEONEL_LAWRENCE

    METALLICA LO LAMENTO QUE SE HAIGA MUERTO CLIFF BURTON , YO VI SUS VIDEOS POR AÑOS DESDE QUE COMENSARON EN EL 83 Y VI UN VIDEO DONDE SALE CLIFF BURTON TOCANDO EN EL 85 TOCABA CHIDO ERAN ,LOS MEJORES MOMENTOS DE USTEDES

  • Darrell Heltzel

    rip Cliff maybe out of sigth but never out of mine!!!

  • TOMMYGUN696969

    RIP CLIFF!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1228201364 Patricio N. Flores

    THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING CLIFF !!!! WE LOVE U

  • Rayvensol

    he is the reason i started playing bass.. his talent was immensible. 

  • Rayvensol

    he is the reason i started playing bass.. his talent was immensible. 

  • Slashspeed

    rockkk kapak!!!!huhu….yeahhhh!!!!

  • Slashspeed

    rockkk kapak!!!!huhu….yeahhhh!!!!

  • Arkansascracker

    I wonder how many times Cliff has rolled over in his grave because of the poser douche bag Lars became.

    • offtoneverneverland

      Cliff wasn’t buried, he was cremated. And how dare you call Lars a douche bag.

    • offtoneverneverland

      Cliff wasn’t buried, he was cremated. And how dare you call Lars a douche bag.

    • offtoneverneverland

      Cliff wasn’t buried, he was cremated. And how dare you call Lars a douche bag.

  • Hamedytanondong

    anesthesia pulling teeth

  • Timinac

    Rest In Peace Cliff, your bass playing was like no other. You were the greatest metal bassist of all time, the quality and using five fingers as plectrums…immense.You will always be missed but not forgotten. Rock On! m/ for all eternity…

  • Timinac

    Rest In Peace Cliff, your bass playing was like no other. You were the greatest metal bassist of all time, the quality and using five fingers as plectrums…immense.You will always be missed but not forgotten. Rock On! m/ for all eternity…

  • Elric

    Cliff let himself be immersed in as much music as possible, and created a musical footprint for the rest of the guys to latch on to when he joined the band. His immortality and pure genius live on through his music and the memories of his old band mates, friends, and family. To Live is To Die.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Valdorl-Baenraheli/100001162508940 Valdorl Baenraheli

    Thank you, Cliff!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Valdorl-Baenraheli/100001162508940 Valdorl Baenraheli

    Thank you, Cliff!

  • Ghosttownjohnny

    Rest in peace Cliff, always remembered your the man that made my best friend pick up a bass guitar and play. Also hes resting in peace too  !! always when i hear your music i think of home Norther California !!! Bay Area!!  long live Orion!! :)

  • Steven Ostenberg

     I’m a big fan of Cliff and Metallica.

  • Steven Ostenberg

     I’m a big fan of Cliff and Metallica.

  • Steven Ostenberg

     I’m a big fan of Cliff and Metallica.

  • Donnie”utit”

    Thanx foy your music cliff…we love you !!

  • Zephy

    STILL missed, still loved still remembered. You were such a wonderful talent. Your hair whipping to the music is still one of the most beautiful sights in my world. Thank You for the music, thank you for the gift you gave all the world. RIP my friend

  • Dannan

    I think that most of Metallica’s music was with Cliff Burton. He was definetly their best bassist and cirtainly their coolest. May this awesome heavy metal musician RIP (I’m only 12 and I’m like Metallica’s biggest fan!!).
     

  • jovan micic

    GOD blessed Cliff Burton

  • Francimagajne

    Thank you, Cliff.

  • Francimagajne

    Thank you, Cliff.

  • Lidigger

    I was 16 when Cliff died, and had just started playing the bass. He was an inspiration for me in a time of hardship and teenage angst. He was, and always will be missed. Long live the legend of Clifford Lee Burton

  • Ituqput

    good one
     

  • Gnapus

    ….if we heard about Cliff, s dead during the master of puppets tour , wer,e just sad, sad ,sad, without him …Metallica is dead also

    • Tico Metal

      Don’t speak things that you don’t know. ¿What about Jason?
      He also kept Metallica in a high level

    • Tico Metal

      Don’t speak things that you don’t know. ¿What about Jason?
      He also kept Metallica in a high level

      • fade to wack

        You are trippin. In a bad way.

  • Araz_nitewolf

    cliff was fucking memorable , it was a gift to metallica 

  • Nick

    Thank you for bringing melody and beauty to heavy music, one of a kind

  • Gigga

    Even 25 years after his passing, we are yet to see anyone match his majesty on the bass!
    Go easy bro…

    • Chasesamples69

      rob trujillo came close but not as good

  • Yasinguitarist

    i love metallica big bigeer bigeest

  • Tico Metal

    I’ve been following Metallica for many years, more than twenty, and I’ll keep on doin’ it. They are the Sacred Gods of Metal.

  • Gustavo

    Nice! I Love Metallica!

  • FADE 2 BRAD

    As good as they are and have always been . I cannot help but to ponder what greater things they may have gone on to do if they and we would never had to experience such a tragic loss. What an AWESOME talent taken much much to early. However in his own words “To Live Is To Die”

    Peace

  • http://www.facebook.com/Sagxel Axel F Bonet Miranda

    As a Good 25th anniversary they should release the Bluray version of Cliff e’m All men it would be a great memory to have a masterpiece of that vhs-dvd remasterization i would definitively buy it 

    • Klepto Crat

      That would be FANTASTIC!

  • Johnniel70

    not the same without him,still a great band though!

  • Johnniel70

    r.i.p.

  • Haproof

    the best basskiller of world “hap”

  • Barrera784

    R.I.P. CLIFF. ” FUCK IT ALL AND FUCKING NO REGRETS “  DAMAGE INC.

  • El_louiejimenez

    i really vow on him!!!

  • Orkun

    Thats St.Anger not Damage.inc

  • adriana

    i love it!!!

  • Brian Cliff Darrel

    Cliff is the only reason i ever picked up a bass. I may be dominant on guitar. But when i play bass it is only for the early ‘tallica songs. Anesthesia, Bellz, and Damage Inc are the main songs I play. Orion is hands off to me, Cliff wrote the masterpiece not me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/moonmillion Jared Baratta

    Jason Newsted sucked!!!! He was such a fucking waste. 0nly writing 3 times in a 15 year career being beaten out by Hilary Duff & Jeannette McCurdy, girls young enough to be his daughters but selfish Newsted never wanted kids. Playing with a pick, making him suck even more. Cliff Burton was a free-finger force! Striking those strings with ferocity. ACTUALLY writing, ACTUALLY contributing, ACTUALLY making his time METALLICA count for something. If you averaged Newsted’s songwriting over a 15 year career, that means writing once every 5 years. Dave Mustaine’s songwriting credits are MORE then double Newsted’s & Mustaine was fired. METALLICA actually sounds a lot like METALLICA since they found Robert Trujillo. I completely disregard everything from the Newsted era. Newsted’s addition to METALLICA was a grave affront to the real talent & genius that was & still is Cliff Burton.

    • Sacbish

      you’re an idiot. James wouldnt let Newsted contribute/write songs. It’s well documented that all band members would contribute ideas. Then, Lars and James would go through the ideas and decide what to use. Kirk has had very little say in anything either. When Cliff 1st joined, he knew more, musically, than James or Lars, and I would bet Dave, too. They looked up to him. He taught them song structure, theory and harmonies, etc. When he died, Newsted became the whipping boy. It wasnt that he didnt want to contribute. Where have you been for the past however many years Newsted has been out of the band? Not paying attention….

      • shralper

        sorry your wrong, Newsted is an average bass player at best. Metallica without question sounded their best leading up to Master of Puppets. Once Jason joined their sound became crappy, after Jason left, and Rob joined Metallica sounds the best they ever have. Im talking about live performances. Just watch any recent Metallica DVD, than compare it to the Newtsed DVDs and you will hear the difference. Rob Trujillo is the closest person to Cliff that Metallica could ever find. FUCK YEAH, ROB is the Shit, and Jason Newsted is crap, and so is his new cheesy band. Newsted can’t play Orion, and needs a pick LOL…

        • Stian

          To say that Newsted is a average bassist is to underestimate him. He is a very good bass player, and if playing with your fingers is the only way to play good on bass, lemmy can go suck a big one then? Didn’t think so…

          The best performance Metallica ever did, in my word, is the 1989 Seattle concert. The energy, speed and perfection in the playing is just fucking of the charts!

          They never let Newsted in and never let him write. Check your facts before ranting about him, it makes you look weak! 3 of the best bassist in history has been in Metallica’s lineup.

          Cliff is what he is, Nested was a fresh breath and such a good live performer, and Rob is good both in studio and live.

          I’m so fuckin sick and tired of people having tunelvision all the time. “This is not pure, so i will hate it!!!” .

    • shralper

      totally agree

  • samael davis jr

    holy typos…

    then instead of than… fast instead of vast.

    american rock journalism has gone down the tubes.

  • steedy8

    cliff cliff was so cool and best bassist ever…. RIP

    • fumbledore

      yeah, steve harris can stick it in his ear

  • tiffany

    i really miss cliff. he was the best bass player for metallica. i read the book and i started to cry a lot because it was really sad that happened to him and he be really happy to see metallica today and how many fans today.

  • Dream

    Bass solo take 1. If you know of Cliff, or early Metallica, you know these words. No one can handle a bass the way Cliff did. Forever he will be missed.

  • Josh Rowe

    He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten! R.I.P. Cliff, you are sorely missed!