Lars Ulrich says Burton's influence is stamped all over the band

Metallica have paid tribute to their late bassist Cliff Burton on the 25th anniversary of his death.

Drummer Lars Ulrich has said that Burton had a major influence on which direction both he and singer James Hetfield took later in their career. Burton died 25 years ago yesterday (September 27) when the band’s tourbus overturned in Sweden.

“You could certainly argue that me and James at that time were more kind of the squarer guys, because we were more like, ‘Motorhead, Iron Maiden!’ Heavy metal T-shirts and long hair and bang our heads into the wall,” he told Revolver magazine.

“Cliff was just so fast in his palette of things that he was into and things that were inspiring him and the things that he was doing. So it was definitely his music and his attitude and his approach towards life that really inspired me and James to broaden our horizons, broaden Metallica’s horizons musically. I would’ve been interested to see what else he could’ve contributed, because it felt like we were just getting started.”

He went on:

So when I think of Cliff, that’s what I think… that just kind of variety and unpredictability, you know.

Metallica are set to release their new album ‘Lulu’ with Lou Reed on October 31. They recently debuted new track ‘The View’ which you can listen to by scrolling down and clicking below.