Victorious petition from Metallica fans leads to official ‘Cliff Burton Day’ in California

February 10 will henceforth be known as 'Cliff Burton Day' in Alameda

After petitioning online, Metallica fans have successfully gained recognition for deceased bassist Cliff Burton by honouring him with his own day in the musician’s hometown of Alameda, California.

In 1986, Burton died in a bus accident in Sweden. Over 5,000 fans signed the Change.org petition to “commemorate February 10 (Cliff’s birthday) as “Cliff Burton Day” in Castro Valley”.

The band tweeted the successful petition through their Twitter account, writing: “IT’S OFFICIAL! The Board of Supervisors from Alameda County has just proclaimed February 10, 2018, which would have been Cliff’s 56th birthday, “Cliff Burton Day.” Thanks to all of the fans who got behind this initiative. We love that he remains so revered”.

Check out the tweet below featuring the official proclamation.

Meanwhile, Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen has gifted a Metallica vinyl box set to Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo.

Known as Jokowi, the Indonesian leader has made his love of metal clear in the past, after being spotted in a Napalm Death t-shirts and flashing the “devil’s horns” hand sign.

Jokowi received the Metallica boxset as a diplomatic gift from Lars Løkke Rasmusse

Read more: Watch exclusive clips of LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy’s interview with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich

Late last year, members of the band appeared on Lars Ulrich’s radio show to talk about the making of their classic 1986 record ‘Master Of Puppets’.

Speaking of late bassist Cliff Burton’s “super rough” demo version, Kirk Hammett said: “I remember hearing it like months later and it had all these harmonies, all these melodies on it and I was just blown away”.

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