Metallica have shared an emotional video from the family of former bassist Cliff Burton on the 30th anniversary of his death, as well as launching a Facebook and Instagram page in his memory.
Burton was killed in a bus accident when the band were travelling through Sweden on tour on 27 September 1986. To mark three decades since his tragic passing, the band have shared a video of an appeal from his father Ray.
“I just want to talk to you very briefly about the anniversary coming up of the accident that took Cliff away from us,” he said. “It’ll be a little history. Some of it is from the beginning when Cliff was born in 1962 and I will try to convey some things that I found extremely loving of the young man. He was quite a young man to say the least.
“From a very, very young age he showed his mother and me examples that he was pretty extraordinary – even as a young child in school.”
To remember the late bassist, fans are invited to share their tributes on a new Facebook page set up in his memory.
“We would like your comments, if you have photographs or want to play music,” said Ray. “We just want to wish you the best and have a happy new year.”
The band also shared the following tribute:
Burton was replaced by Jason Newsted, and later Rob Trujillo, who plays in the band today.
This week saw Metallica unveil the new track and video for ‘Moth Into Flame’, taken from their upcoming new album ‘Hardwired…To Self-Destruct’ – which is due for release on 18 November.