Yesterday marked the 26th anniversary of the death of legendary Metallica bassist Cliff Burton. In tribute to their fallen bandmate, Metallica have made a free download available of the band playing a show during their “Ride The Lightning Tour”.
Recorded on November 22, 1984 at the Le Riff in Toulouse, France, the download features the show in its entirety, clocking in at just under an hour. As one might expect, the performance includes songs that highlight Burton’s playing, specifically “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and “Call of Ktulu”. There’s also a recording of Burton performing a bass solo, which always guarantees to make one shit oneself.
Burton’s influence on Metallica, bass players, and the metal community as a whole remains indisputable. It’s good to have even more examples of his glory available to the masses. You can get your free download here.