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Cliff Burton to be honored with livestream event on his 59th birthday

American songwriter and former bass player member with Metallica, Cliff Burton (1962-1986), and American songwriter, guitarist, lead vocalist and founding member of Metallica James Hetfield perform at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, MI on February 1, 1985.
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Late Metallica bass player Cliff Burton would have turned 59 on February 10, and his birthday will be honored this year with an online livestream event.

The online event will be held on the Twitch channel of filmmaker Nicholas Gomez, and will feature a host of Burton’s friends and bandmates, including Metallica roadie and Metal Church guitarist John Marshall, Vio-lence singer Sean Killian, former Megaforce Records A&R executive “Metal” Maria Ferrero, Fred Cotton and James McDaniel of Metallica punk side-project Spastik Children, photographer Harald O and more.

The livestream takes place at 7pm PST on February 10. 

Cliff Burton day

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In 2018, Alameda County, California, where Burton grew up, declared February 10 "Cliff Burton Day" after Metallica fans started a petition on change.org to recognize the late bassist, who was killed in a bus crash in Sweden on September 27, 1986.

For more information on the livestream, head to Twitch TV.

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Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.