Metal Church-David: That Metallica tour lasted over a year and it was amazing. We played all over Europe, and I couldn't believe just how many places a band can play in Europe. And then we came back and did the States with them. All this unfortunately came on the tragic news of Cliff Burton's death. Anthrax originally had gone out with Metallica, only for about a week or so before the bus crash. It broke all of our hearts, I remember getting to know Cliff quite well....we used to chase girls together. He was really a sweet man and such an amazing bass player. We ended up doing Canada and Europe with Metallica on that tour, and that was a HUGE break for Metal Church.
Dave Pybus From Cradle OF Filth
Growing up, who were your main influences in music?
Answer: My Father was resposible for my introduction to music in the mid '70's. He liked all the classic stuff, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Who, Led Zepplin, T-Rex, Free and Black Sabbath. He also played Jeff Waynes 'War of the Worlds' a lot which scared the hell out of me. He later took me to a few shows and got me into AC/DC, who we saw in 1982 (not my first show). I then got into Metallica around 1985, saw them live with Cliff Burton in 1986, just 2 weeks before Cliff was killed. That was a great honour and had a profound effect on me. There wasn't many people at the show I remember.
AG: I've always thought that San Francisco was the home of Thrash.
Len: That's what I was hoping for but a lot of it came from other places. Metallica started out in Anaheim then traveled up here. Really the Bay area's biggest contribution to Heavy Metal were YNT and Cliff Burton.
Doug: Speaking of Cliff Burton, I actually knew Cliff very well. We were good friends in Junior High and High School together. I have my High School year book at our studio with a photo of him out on the school patio. We were very tight buddies. I'm still stung to this day about what happened to him. He was a dynamite friend and I'm going to do this not only for him but for family members we have lost. It's not just us doing this. We're doing it for a lot of different reasons. It's a family thing and it's dynamite.
Q: Hey Lemmy, I was wondering... Did you happen to have a chance to meet Cliff Burton from Metallica? What do you think of him?
Lemmy: I don't know if he was the guy who came with Lars to the hotel that first time in L.A., but I met him later in London. Nice guy."
"...we came up here and played with Cliff, who just blew the doors off of anyone we've ever played with. He's the new Steve Harris of metal"-Dave Mustaine.
"I could just see them go, 'oh my god! look at that guy!'. The thing that struck them most was that while you see lead guitar playing, here you had a guy playing lead bass! They thought that was great".-Lars' early drum tech, Marrs, on the first time Jaymz and Lars saw Cliff play.
"Cliffs headbaning on stage, i mean nobody banged like him. it was insane, i remember the first time i saw them play with him i was like oh my god will you look at that guy"-Scott Ian Anthrax
According to Ross Halfin, Metallica photographer from 1985 to 1994, Cliff was the band's heart and soul. He was absolutely uncompromising. "Cliff ran that band; absolutely nothing happened without his okay. People don't realize how important he was..."
....Of course, the most famous Misfits Fiends are a group called Metallica. It was the band's late bassist Cliff Burton who had a large hand in re-sparking worldwide interest in the Misfits, wearing 'fits shirts onstage and citing them in interviews. Metallica's fascination with the band continues to this very day, including Misfits anthems, "Last Caress", "Green Hell" and "Die, Die My Darling" on Garage Inc."
this is from alex webster of cannibal corpse
I really admire the originality and virtuosity in Cliff's playing. It's clear he had a sophisticated knowledge of music theory, exceptional technique ability, and a very creative approach when it comes to tone. He combined a wah pedal and distortion to make sound's i never heard a bass make before. It's really amazing to think about how young he was when he recorded '(Anesthesia) pulling teeth' That piece of music shows a fully developed and distinct musical voice, which is something many musicians strive for and never achieve - and Cliff had it at the age of 21, on his first album. It seems to me that both as a player and a person, Cliff was not afraid to be different, and we could all learn something from that.
...."Jason We're traveling at the speed of metal. We have enough Iron Maiden and Judas Priest tapes to stay on tour another couple of years.
So you guys are really secret metal-heads?
All- Not secret!
Jason- Every night we play a tribute to Randy Rhodes. Although last night we did a tribute to Cliff Burton.
Max- He saved my bass.
Jason- He saved our ass."
Max- I went up to tune my bass before we went on, and I walked away with it rested up against the amp. I jumped off the stage, and promptly after, I hear a smack, then a drag, then a crash. I look behind me. The first thing I notice is that the cord is wrapped around my ankle like an ankle bracelet, and the bass is face down. It fell off the stage. It's a hollow body, and it weighs about six ounces. It's Swedish. I go over thinking there's no way this is going to be in one piece. It was. And it stayed in tune. It actually was out of tune before. It went into tune. And Cliff Burton was looking over me. Because I had just bought this [Cliff Burton] shirt that day. And he saved my bass. God bless Cliff Burton, patron saint of the bass.
Hey guys, as a new band, you get the obligatory question. What are your influences! I personally hear some Maiden, Queensryche etc.
Rob:Bass- I'd have to admit there is some heavy influence by Maiden. Although Steve Harris is one of my influences, I'd also have to tip my hat in thanx to others like Geddy Lee, Roger Waters, John Entwhistle, Nikki Sixx, John Paul Jones, Geezer Butler, and Cliff Burton...rest his soul.
Who or what first inspired you to become a musician?
Lizza: Everything in my environment inspired me.
Karla: I was inspired to pick up the guitar after listening to "Crying" by Yngwie J. Malmsteen that experience opened my mind and convinced me of what I must do
Peter: Africa and sounds of pillows.
Eddie: When I saw Cliff Burton in ’86.
Scape: What are the band's influences and inspirations?
Dez: Well my main inspiration believe it or not is Vince Neil. He always knew how to start a controversy. Him and people like Manson, Cavalera, Anselmo, etc. Orsinn would have to be Vinny Paul and Lars. Damien would have to be Cliff Burton. Ken would have to be no one he's a rock star. lol. Sorry Ken.
What dead person would you like to do a duet with?
Jimmy: Cliff Burton, the guy from Metallica who fell out of a bus, and the crane fell on him.
Q: What influenced you the most to start a band?
A: Cliff Burton (RIP) - Metallica
...."then we began to play "we gotta know' and by the time the intro was over they[the fans] were headbanging like Cliff Burton."
ever think about covering Cliff Burton’s ‘Anesthesia’ off of Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All?
No I hadn't, and in that case what could you do to it? I mean he was such a complete player- and I think a lot of people would regard that as sacriligious, and I might just be one of them.