Cliff was the bassist for three of Metallica's albums: Kill 'Em All, The Lightning, and Master of Puppets.
At 6feet and 2inches, Cliff was the tallest member of Metallica.
He usually played Rickenbacker, Alembic or Aria basses during live performances.
The last song he ever played with the band live was Blitzkrieg.
Cliff's first show with Metallica was at "The Stone" in San Francisco, CA on March 5th, 1983.
Burton's body was cremated.
After Burton's death, Metallica never played 'Orion' live in full until June 4, 2006.
Burton's band before Metallica was Trauma.
He took up a music course at Napa Valley Junior College in northern California.
Burton died when their tour bus hit a patch of black ice--he fell out the window and the bus landed on him.
Burton's main influences in his bass playing were Motorhead, Rush, Black Sabbath, and Iron Maiden.
Burton started bass when he was 14.
Cliff started to play the piano when he was six.
Unlike other metal and progressive bassists, who used five or even six string bass guitars, Cliff only used a standard four-string bass.
Cliff was right handed.
His astrological sign was Aquarius.
Cliff: Why should we change on stage? We're not trying to be something big and fancy, it's just us, doing what we do, we'd like to keep it that way.
Cliff: Control your life through insanity.
Cliff: Every once and awhile we may fall on our face, but we insist on doing what we wanna do.
Cliff: Personally, I would say the 'master' of this whole thing is fate... Whoever is on the playing field is fair game, and its up to them to avoid being used.
Cliff: When I started, I decided to devote my life to it and not get sidetracked by all the bullshit life has to offer.
Cliff: We do what we want... we don't care what anyone thinks.
Cliff: You don't burn out from going too fast. You burn out from going too slow and getting bored.
Cliff: We do what we wanna do-- if they consider that selling out then...whatever.
Interviewer: What would you say to a band that's just starting out on the rock scene today?
Cliff: To live is to die.