METALLICA honored what would have Cliff Burton‘s 56th birthday by performing the song “Orion” during the band’s February 10 concert in at the Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy.
The track, which appears on METALLICA‘s classic 1986 album “Master Of Puppers”, was co-written by the band’s late bassist, whose life was tragically cut short in a tour bus crash on September 27, 1986 12 miles north of Ljungby, Sweden. He was just 24.
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich tweeted after the Turin show: “Threw in Orion tonight for Cliff.. the first time in almost a year. A very special moment. Thank you Turin for your generosity and warm vibes. ?? #wanna #metinturin #cliffburton”
Last week, Alameda County, California officially proclaimed February 10 to be “Cliff Burton Day” in the musician’s honor.
The proclamation came after METALLICA fans started a Change.org petition to recognize Burton in his hometown of Castro Valley.
Threw in Orion tonight for Cliff.. the first time in almost a year. A very special moment. Thank you Turin for your generosity and warm vibes. 🇮🇹 #wanna #metinturin #cliffburton pic.twitter.com/v0HjEZ2atT
— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) February 11, 2018