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The biggest tragedy in Metallica’s history happened 33 years ago today (September 27) when bassist Cliff Burton died in a bus accident while the band was on tour in Europe.  Burton was only 24.

Burton’s influence on metal as a whole was revisited with the release of Metallica: Back To The Front, a book that chronicles the history of the band’s 1986 album Master Of Puppets, which was Burton’s final album.  The video below shows James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo reflecting on Burton, as well as his father, Ray.

Besides cranking up the first three Metallica albums today, we couldn’t think of a more moving way to pay our respects to Burton, who was taken away all too soon.

Metallica: Back to the Front - Reflecting on Cliff & Ray Burton

"Metallica: Back to the Front" arrives in bookstores on September 13. Pre-order the Deluxe Edition at MoonriseMedia.net or the Standard Hardcover Edition at Metallica.com or Amazon.com​. #MOPBook

 

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