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Cliff Burton vs Jason Newsted

Metallica fans often obsess over bass: whether it’s the greatness of Cliff Burton’s playing, the absence of any audible bass playing on …And Justice for All, the rest of the Jason Newsted era and the following era, which featured his successor, Robert Trujillo. In a new interview, producer Flemming Rasmussen went in-depth about the recording process with the […]

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Reflects on the Death of Metallica’s Cliff Burton Metallica ‘s Cliff Burton is one of the most beloved figures in the history of hard rock and metal and his memory lives on with the legacy of the band’s early albums. One of the future rockers who was influenced by the work of Burton and his Metallica bandmates was Machine Head ‘s Robb Flynn , who posted a new journal entry reflecting on what Burton meant to him in honor of the celebration of the bassist’s birthday. “It’s amazing to think how the music world may (or may not) have been different had the tragic bus accident not taken his life,” says Flynn, who has been reflecting on the times he actually got to see Burton perform in his youth. He recalls hanging out with his friend Jim Pittman as a kid and the first time he heard ‘Kill ‘Em All.’ The frontman says, “We’d never heard anything like it. We gleefully stumbled around the running track behind American High School for hours and probably played ‘Whiplash’ fifty times in a row, headbanging wildly the whole time. What a great memory! Still blasting the bootleg, we stumbled back to my house where my parents were gone, we vowed to jam more and to get better at our own band … and to see Metallica the next time they played.” After catching a ride from his dad, Flynn says he had the time of his life. He recalls, “When Metallica took the stage, the world came alive … When it came time for Cliff’s ‘(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth’ bass solo, I just remember being mesmerized. I’d had so many metal debates with Jim and other friends that there’s no way that was a ‘bass’ solo. It was a ‘guitar’ solo. Fact. End-of-story. My mind was blown.” Flynn says Metallica’s works with Burton have resonated with him to this day. He explains, “The bass lines were hypnotizing me ever-so-subtly to the point where even now, I know every bass line on those albums like it’s part of my DNA. Go and listen to our song ‘Now I Lay Thee Down’; the triad bass line in the chorus? That’s just one of my tributes to Cliff. The three-part lead section in the middle … I wrote that with Cliff looking over me. Hell, I called it ‘the Cliff part.’” When Burton died in a tragic bus crash, Flynn said it was one of those occasions he’ll always remember exactly where he was when he heard the news. “I was at a kegger party in Cliff’s hometown, Castro Valley, wired and drunk when ‘the news’ came on. 10PM, someone I didn’t know came running into the backyard and yelled, ‘Cliff’s dead, Cliff from Metallica is dead!,’” Flynn recalls. “It was unreal. A stunned silence took over the party. They were ‘our’ band. This didn’t happen to ‘us.’” In the years since Burton’s death, Flynn says he’s read the Joel McIver biography on Burton and learned about how some diehard Metallica fans had made a memorial to the bassist at the site of the bus crash in Sweden. To pay homage, Flynn says he too made the pilgrimage during a tour of Sweden and stopped to leave a guitar pick with the mementos that many fans had left. He concludes, “As this Sunday (Feb. 10) comes to pass, I’m sure in our own way, some of us will pay tribute to a man whose attitude, demeanor, vibe, genuine love of music and unequaled talent affected us. I know I will. Happy birthday Cliff Burton, rest in peace.” To read Flynn’s full posting on Burton, click here . [button href=”” title=”Next: Favorite Cliff Burton-Era Metallica Album – Readers Poll” align=”center”]

Daily Reload: Randy Blythe, Limp Bizkit, Frances Bean Cobain + More

Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images Here’s a look at the top stories of the day on Loudwire and around the Web: Fans of Lamb of God , and more specifically frontman  Randy Blythe , will be able to hear more from the vocalist as he begins hosting his own monthly radio show ‘The Crucible.’ [ Loudwire ] Limp Bizkit and DJ Lethal have patched up their differences. After an apology posted by Lethal via Twitter, Limp Bizkit have welcomed the DJ back into the band. [ Loudwire ] This is pretty frightening; a man has been arrested after breaking into the Los Angeles home of Kurt Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain . Read more about it here. [ Loudwire ] The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their first ever live show 46 years ago. Listen to how the group sounded here. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello calls Paul Ryan a ‘Jackass’ and expresses his disappointment in Barack Obama. [ ] Who’s your favorite  Metallica bassist – Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton, Jason Newsted or Rob Trujillo? Vote here: [ Ultimate Metallica ] My Dying Bride stream first four tracks for their new album. [ Rock Music Report ]

Metallica Offer Free Download of Classic Concert in Memory of Cliff Burton’s Passing

Megaforce Records Yesterday (Sept. 26) marked the 26th anniversary of Metallica bassist Cliff Burton ‘s shocking death, prompting an outpouring of memories from fans — as well as a tribute from his surviving bandmates. Metallica posted its Burton remembrance on its Facebook page , offering fans a free download from its November 22, 1984 date on the ‘Ride the Lightning’ tour. Recorded in Toulouse, France, the 10-song set kicks off with ‘The Four Horsemen’ and rocks for nearly a solid hour, concluding with ‘Metal Militia’ — and bearing only a couple of minor tape flaws, which is impressive for a recording that’s nearly 30 years old. As longtime fans are already well aware, Burton’s life was cut short in 1986 during an early morning crash that occurred when the band’s tour bus hit a patch of black ice on the road between gigs in Sweden. While continuing to mourn the late bassist, fans can enjoy his work in this classic live set — as well as the tunes in our list of the Top 10 Metallica songs of Burton’s era. Turn up the volume and remember: [button href=”” title=”Top 10 Cliff Burton Metallica Songs” align=”center”]