Connie Burton, the late sister of Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, has been without her brother for nearly 32 years now. Cliff was a beloved member of Metallica during their early heyday, and became a god to many bass players who truly admired his aggressive and near virtuosoesque playing style.
While he left us so young at the ripe age of 24, Cliff’s sister Connie has released a new line of untold stories about her brother that many Metallica fans are sure to get a kick out of. The stories are expressed in a brand new 90 minute movie, entitled “The Salvation Kingdom.”
There are not many people that can have such an effect among not only the fans, but within the band as well. As Metallica was hoping to get Burton into the band, he refused to move to Los Angeles, which then enticed the band to move to San Francisco, just so he could join. Mix that emotion with the less than stellar relationship Metallica had with LA, and it was a match made in heaven. As the band moved to San Francisco to begin their journey of heavy metal destruction, the rest is history, as they spawned to help create a new genre that became the foundation for so many bands after them.
In addition to Burton’s obvious talent on bass, his efforts as a songwriter were equally as powerful, as he put forth to write some of the bands biggest hits in their early stages. Songs like “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Ride The Lightning,” “Fade To Black,” “Creeping Death,” and “Master of Puppets.”
After his death in 1986, the world of heavy metal within Metallica was surely never the same. At the age of 24, we only knew so much about Cliff. His life was ended so abruptly, leaving us with only a glimmer into the window of what his life was portrayed as. Thanks to his sister, we can now have a new perspective on who Cliff was, and what helped create the genius that he truly was.
The entire film is available for all to view on YouTube, and can be seen below.
JT “Doc” Berry \m/