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Late Metallica Bassist's Hometown Declares Annual "Cliff Burton Day"

By: Hayden Wright

February 7, 2018

Late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton died in a tour bus accident in 1986. For decades, fans have grieved his death and immortalized his legacy.

Now, thanks to a fan petition, officials in the musician’s hometown, Castro Valley, California, have declared February 10 “Cliff Burton Day”—a day that holds significance as Burton's birthday. Metallica shared the news on Instagram with a photo of the certificate, thanking fans for honoring Cliff's life.

The effort to create an official holiday for Burton started as a petition created by diehard Metallica fans. 

Burton appeared on some of Metallica’s most important albums, including Kill ‘Em All (1983), Ride the Lightning (1984), and Master of Puppets (1986).

See the proclamation here:

IT’S OFFICIAL! The Board of Supervisors from Alameda County has just proclaimed February 10, 2018, which would have been Cliff’s 56th birthday, “Cliff Burton Day.” As many of you know, Cliff was born and raised in Castro Valley and was the reason we high-tailed it to the Bay Area back in ’83. Thanks to all of the fans who got behind this initiative and we’d like to send our appreciation and respect to all of you who continue to honor Cliff in your own personal ways. We love that he remains so revered. ✍-- #metallica #cliffburtonday #alamedacounty #cliffemall -- @castrovalleynews

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