Anthrax bassist Frank Bello recalled the night when Metallica bassist Cliff Burton died in a terrible accident and opened up about his feelings after losing him in his recent interview at Rock City Music Company.

Metallica started their Damage, Inc. Tour on March 27, 1986, and ended on February 13, 1987, to promote their third studio album, ‘Master of Puppets.’ Also, Anthrax joined the band as a supporting act, and the two bands had a great time getting to know each other better.

However, the tour will always be remembered for its tragedy as Metallica’s bassist Cliff Burton passed away following a controversial bus accident on September 27, 1986, in Sweeden. The night when Burton died, Bello was one of the few people who saw him for the last time.

During his interview, Bello unveiled that he still can’t forget their last conversation in which they talked about seeing each other later again. He highlighted that he was devastated when he learned the Metallica bassist was killed that night and realized that everyone is chased by death all the time, and Burton couldn’t run away from it.

In Bello’s words, he said:

“I was there the night, unfortunately. I mean, it’s in the book. I was there the night Cliff passed, my last line of Cliff in my head as I’m speaking to him. I can see his face right here. I say, ‘Hey Cliff, maybe I’ll see you later.’ He was out the door already. He came back, looked into the cafeteria again, and said, ‘yeah maybe I will.’

My last line from Cliff Burton… That’s the face I have. The next morning was horrible, going to the hotel. Anthrax and Metallica’s hotel… See my tour manager, and he’s got this face on. I was like, ‘What’s going on man?’ He said, ‘You didn’t hear Metallica’s bus had an accident. Cliff was killed.’ Life can be taken away from you as we’re walking out that door.”

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