Burton passed away in 1986.
Metallica have dedicated a performance of ‘Orion’ to their late bassist Cliff Burton.
Burton passed away in 1986 at the age of 24 after he was involved in a tour bus crash. He played with Metallica from 1982 up until his death.
February 10th would have marked Burton’s 58th birthday and Alameda County, California recently declared February 10th as Cliff Burton Day.
Metallica honoured their friend on that same date, dedicating their performance of ‘Orion’ at the Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy to him. Burton co-wrote the song himself, with the track originally appearing on ‘Master of Puppets’. You can watch it below.
Meanwhile, Metallica guitarist James Hetfield will make his big-screen dramatic film debut with a part in the upcoming Ted Bundy biopic.
Hetfield will play the role of “no-nonsense” Utah highway patrol Officer Bob Hayward in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, as Deadline reports.
Hayward was the first officer to arrest the serial killer – who will be played in the movie by Zac Efron – in 1975 after he pulled Bundy over on a highway.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is being directed by Joe Berlinger, who also co-produced and directed the Metallica documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster.
“Having spent hundreds of hours behind the scenes with James and the rest of Metallica, I have experienced his charisma and powerful presence close up,” Berlinger said in a statement. “It seemed only natural that he would bring that same power and magnetism to a dramatic role, so when he agreed to my pitch that he be in the movie, I was thrilled.”
Hetfield joins a cast which also includes Efron, Lily Collins, John Malkovich, Jim Parsons, Haley Joel Osment, Kaya Scodelario, Angela Sarafyan, Jeffrey Donovan Terry Kinney and Dylan Baker.