February 10, 2018 has officially been dubbed “Cliff Burton Day.” Metallica fans organized a Change.org petition to honor the late Metallica bassist in his home city of Castro Valley, California. Today, the band revealed that the effort was a success, and shared a photo of the proclamation from Alameda County to confirm it. “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,” the band says via Instagram. “We love that he remains so revered.”
Burton died in 1986 in a bus accident. He joined Metallica in 1982, and his playing is featured on their debut, 1983’s Kill ‘Em All, as well as 1984’s Ride the Lightning and 1986’s Master of Puppets. He’s credited posthumously as a songwriter on …And Justice For All‘s “To Live is To Die.”
Metallica’s three Cliff Burton-featured albums are included on our list of 10 Essential Album Trilogies.