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Metallica James Hetfield
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Metallica’s James Hetfield Says Cliff Burton ‘Here in Spirit,’ Band Streams Remastered ‘Creeping Death’

James Hetfield said Cliff Burton is with Metallica 'in spirit' and the band has offered up the remastered version of 'Creeping Death.'

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29 Years Ago: Metallica Bassist Cliff Burton Dies in Tragic Bus Crash

On Sept. 27, 1986, Metallica's Cliff Burton was killed in a bus crash.

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Top 10 Cliff Burton Metallica Songs

We remember Cliff Burton with our picks for the Top 10 songs from his time in Metallica.

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Frank Bello / Cliff Burton
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Anthrax’s Frank Bello Talks About His Last Moment With Metallica’s Cliff Burton

Before Cliff Burton's demise, he had developed a strong friendship with Anthrax bassist Frank Bello.

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Anthrax’s Scott Ian Reflects on Cliff Burton’s Death During Chris Jericho Podcast

Metallica and Anthrax are not only part of 'The Big 4,' but also came up through the metal ranks at the same time. Their shared history dates back to the '80s, and sadly Anthrax were there with Metallica during the most traumatic and tragic event of their early career -- the death of bassist Cliff Burton.

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Cliff Burton vs. Steve Harris
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Cliff Burton vs. Steve Harris – Greatest Metal Bassist, Semifinals

It doesn't get more legendary than Cliff Burton and Steve Harris! Support for both of these musicians has been overwhelming ever since we launched our Greatest Metal Bassist tournament. In what's sure to be a tough fight, these two classic metal bassists battle for supremacy.

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Cliff Burton vs. David Ellefson
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Cliff Burton vs. David Ellefson – Greatest Metal Bassist, Quarterfinals

Two of thrash metal's finest make it to the quarterfinals of our Greatest Metal Bassist competition. Get ready for this 'Big 4' battle.

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Cliff Burton vs. Mike LePond
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Cliff Burton vs. Mike LePond – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 2

In this matchup, we have two proficient bassists who interject melody with their rhythm-oriented bands. One helped give depth to his band's music, while the other compliments the progressive nature of his band.

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Cliff Burton vs. Shane Embury
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Cliff Burton vs. Shane Embury – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 1

Late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton left this world far too early. His unique lead playing style can be heard on the first three Metallica albums, with his bass solo ‘(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth’ showcasing his signature style...

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Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Reflects on the Death of Metallica’s Cliff Burton

Metallica's Cliff Burton is one of the most beloved figures in the history of hard rock and metal and his memory lives on with the legacy of the band's early albums. One of the future rockers who was influenced by the work of Burton and his Metallica bandmates was Machine Head's Robb Flynn, who posted a new journal entry reflecting on what Burton meant to him in honor of the celebration of the bassist's birthday.

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