Mark your calendars: Cliff Burton Day is set for February 10th. After fans started a petition on Change.org, the late Metallica bassist’s home town of Castro Valley will recognize the bassist on his birthday this year. Metallica announced the news on Twitter.
“IT’S OFFICIAL! The Board of Supervisors from Alameda County has just proclaimed February 10, 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.”
Burton revolutionized metal bass on three albums – Kill ‘Em All, Ride The Lightning, and Master of Puppets – before his untimely passing in a bus accident in 1986. His memory will always be cemented in the minds of bassists and lovers of music.
Check out Burton with Metallica on “For Whom the Bell Tolls” in 1985: