Cliff Burton is Metallica’s bass guitarist who died in 1986, as you know, in a tragic bus accident. Almost everyone knows the card game between Cliff Burton and guitarist Kirk Hammett before the accident. Cliff was dead after the result of this card game.
Speaking in an interview by Tim Noakes, Kirk Hammett talked about the card game between Cliff and himself. He said:
“Fate and destiny. Those are questions of fate and destiny. It was my fate to lose that card game but it was Cliff’s destiny for what happened to him. I don’t want to go there because that is total self-destruction.
If you start ruminating and spiralling down on that theme, fuck that, I’m not even going to go there because you hear stories about people in that position committing themselves to mental institutions because they just go crazy or drinking themselves to death or taking their own lives, or whatever…”
Kirk added later during the conversation:
“Cliff and I used to have the most hellacious arguments, it was so funny. One time he said, ‘I think we should solve this with fisticuffs,’ and I didn’t even know what fisticuffs were, I say, ‘What’s fisticuffs?,’ he goes [gestures], I go, ‘I’m not going to fucking punch you [laughs], we’re both musicians, this is ridiculous’ - so we decided to wrestle instead [laughs].“
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