BurStock Productions has released “The Salvation Kingdom”, a new 90-minute movie which features previously untold stories of the life and death of METALLICA‘s iconic bass player, Cliff Burton, as recounted by his biological big sister, Connie Burton.
Who was Cliff Burton? What was he like as a child? Did he have any eccentric habits? Who were some of his influences? What were his views about God, the spiritual realm, and the devil? Would METALLICA have been the same band had he never joined them?
These and other questions answered by Connie in the film, which can be seen in its entirety below.
Burton was asked to join METALLICA in 1982 after the band saw him perform with his group at the time, TRAUMA.
The bassist was not willing to move to Los Angeles, where METALLICA was based at the time, so they decided to move to the San Francisco area so that he would join.
Burton played on METALLICA‘s first three studio albums — “Kill ‘Em All”, “Ride The Lightning” and “Master Of Puppets” — and co-wrote classic songs like “Ride The Lightning”, “For Whom The Bell Tolls”, “Fade To Black”, “Creeping Death” and “Master Of Puppets”.
His life was tragically cut short at the age of 24 in a tour bus crash on September 27, 1986 in Sweden.
Burton‘s initial replacement in the group was Jason Newsted, who stayed in the lineup until 2001. Robert Trujillo joined in 2003 and remains in the band to this day.
February 10, 2018 was proclaimed “Cliff Burton Day” by Alameda County supervisors. The late METALLICA bassist would have turned 56 years old on that date had he lived.