30 Years Ago Today – Metallica Bassist Cliff Burton Dies (Watch ‘Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)” Live ’85)

30 years ago today (9/27/86), Metallica bassist Cliff Burton was crushed to death after the bands tour bus crashed between Stockholm and Copenhagen. During a European tour members from the band drew cards for the most comfortable bunk on the tour bus, Burton had won the game with an Ace of Spades and was asleep when the tour bus ran over a patch of black ice and skidded off of the road. He was thrown through the window of the bus, which fell on top of him. Burton wasn’t your typical metal bassist, as he was able to play very fast tempos and tasteful melodies – listen to his bass solo live from 1985 on ‘Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)” to hear Burton doing what he does best…

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