Metallica’s legendary bassist Cliff Burton is shown as one of the best bass players of all time. In 1986 Cliff lost his life in a tragic car accident.

He is still remembered with great enthusiasm by Metallica fans and members.

Metallica’s drummer Lars Ulrich was interviewed by “Talk Is Jericho”.  Lars talked about the Cliff’s huge contributions on the Metallica in their early years. He said:

“If you listen to the difference between ‘Kill ‘Em All’ and ‘Ride the Lightning,’ obviously there was this huge… the pallet was expanded. We’ve never experimented with harmonies, melodies…

If you take ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls,’ that melody, ‘Fade to Black,’ the super-melodic outro – that was all stuff that he brought to the table. The intro of ‘Fight Fire With Fire,’ that was more or less his. There was this whole thing that came from the classical upbringing that he had.

He studied classical music and he could sit down and talk with you about Bach and Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. In 1981, James Hetfield and I didn’t sit there and talk a lot about classical endeavors, you know? [Laughs] We had a little more narrow-minded outlook.


So Cliff – he loved the energy, he loved the aggression, but I don’t think he was a big fan of like, Iron Maiden. I remember early on when we started traveling on the tour bus, I’d put on some Maiden or something – he didn’t get out of his seat to start banging up and down. [Chuckles]

I’d play some Maiden, some Diamond Head, and then he’d put on [ZZ Top’s 1972 album] ‘Rio Grande Mud’ or [1979’s] ‘Degüello’ or some Yes album I’d never heard of and I was like, ‘Huh?’ He’d sit there and fly the flag for Jethro Tull or… one band that he loved was The Police, he’d always play The Police.

His whole net was just really wide and really unencumbered by how it was supposed to be if you were in a metal band, which obviously James and I hadn’t quite graduated to at that time.”

Click here to listen to the full interview. Don’t forget to watch Cliff’s unforgettable performance For Whom The Bell Tolls from below.