Metallica: Live in France, 1984

Twenty-six years ago yesterday, Metallica bassist Cliff Burton died in a tour bus accident in Europe. But in his few short years with Metallica, Burton recorded some sick shreds on two of the band's best albums, Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets. To commemorate Burton's contribution, Metallica has posted a live recording of a show in France from November 22, 1984.


The performance includes a lot of old Metallica classics, like "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (the original recording of the song is above for you lazy bones), as well as a strange, fuzzed-out, three-minute bass solo by the late Burton. The whole concert is free on, but you'll have to register for the download. (It's worth it.) [Metallica via Spin]

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I can't believe you assholes think they suck because they sold out.

Let's list a bunch of bands that have "sold out", and yet have legions of fans:

Guns 'n Roses.

Green Day.





Iron Maiden

Let's list a band that crashed and burnt because they weren't mainstream, only to become recognized because Metallica covered their songs.

Diamond Head.

Congratulations, you pricks. I think it's safe to say selling out saves the band. Now quit bitching.