‘Only the Good Die Young' by Charrie Foglio Rock Scene Magazine May 1987......Cliff's sudden death in a foreign land was just as bad, if not worse, for Metallica's loyal followers who hope to revolutionize, subvert and obliterate rock and roll. Metallica were and are, among other things, hope for making it in spite of the corporate machine. They struck an anti-hype nerve kids, force-fed costume-over-music, were waiting for. A new army was arising, an army that could not be demographically or ideologically pinpointed. On September 27, 1986, they day Cliff Burton was innocently killed by what some people, including at least one member of the band, believe to have been a case of negligent vehicular manslaughter-on that day in the suburbs of major cities up and down the northeast coast, kids staggered around school hallways in tears and stoned despair.
There was good reason. Metallica, the band and the entire organization, has made a strict point of maintaining the mindset of their humble beginnings long after their acquisition by Elektra and the still rising sales of MOP and a spiraling groundswell of followers, dedicated to this new, radical principle of non-artifice. Metallica were still the same honky-assed kids after they'd made some decent bucks. Cliff treated himself to a ghetto blaster, Kirk bought a used car. Once, backstage, manager Peter Mench advised the band to invest in something as simple as a house and was greeted with 4 dumbfounded faces twitching as if they had live eels swimming around in their underwear. "A...whuh?" And they didn't throw over their hometown girlfriends for fashion models or soap opera bimbo's. While rock stars are expected to cheat in spectacular fashion, Metallica, heavy-duty tough-trash emperors, seem to be embarrassed, almost mortified when nibbled upon left and right every day by heathy nymphettes. And yet, they've never been afraid of an out of control audience. #cliffemall #cliffburton #metallica #masterofpuppets #ridethelightning #killemall #ripcliffburton #masteroforion #bassgod #GOAT #cliffburtonrules #majorrager #jameshetfield #kirkhammett #larsulrich