Metallica History: Prior To Joining The Band, Teenage Cliff Burton Performs ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ – Video

Cliff Burton: "Metallica - For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live) [Cliff 'Em All]" - Metallica, YouTube (From the DVD Cliff 'Em All) / Lars Ulrich: Metallica Facebook
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Cliff Burton joined Metallica in 1982 and would go on to help create the following albums: Kill ‘Em All (released in 1983), Ride the Lightning (released in 1984), and Master of Puppets (released 1986). But prior to those days in Metallica, Burton had been part of a couple other bands.

One of those bands was called Agents Of Misfortune, in which he performed alongside a school buddy of his (who would also go on to join a very famous band) – that being Jim Martin (who would join Faith No More down the road). At one point while performing in Agents Of Misfortune, Burton and Martin decided to take part in a battle of the bands!

During this contest, Burton and the band covered that of “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” which is incredibly surreal when you consider that Cliff would end up playing in Metallica. This contest took place in 1981, which is just a year away from Cliff joining the band! You can check out footage of Burton’s past band Agents Of Misfortune performing “For Whom the Bell Tolls” below. Let us know in the comments what you make of this performance.

Burton tragically passed away on September 27th, 1986 after a horrific bus accident. To this day, the late Metallica bassist is fondly remembered and honored for all his artistic contributions. We love and miss you Cliff <3

When it comes to other stories involving Burton, some months back, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian shared a story involving him and the ex-Metallica bassist getting arrested and strip searched! Per Ian’s retelling of this story, it sounds like some wild shit! You can learn all the details for yourself by following this link here.

Anthrax's Scott Ian Shares How He And The Late Cliff Burton Got Arrested And Strip Searched Once

In other Metallica related news, Devin Townsend recently reflected on his relationship with Jason Newsted and spoke to the pressures of rock stardom that were impacting that ex-Metallica bassist.