Watch: Here’s a Young Cliff Burton Playing Parts of ‘For Whom The Bells Toll’ in Another Band Pre-Metallica

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Before his days of superstardom in legendary Los Angeles thrash metal lords Metallica, one of the bands Cliff Burton spent his time rocking out in was Agents of Misfortune.

In 1981, the bassist and his bandmates entered a “Battle of the Bands” contest, and during that performance, Burton would perform instrumental parts of what would down the road become one of Metallica’s greatest hits of all time: “For Whom The Bells Toll.”

Released on the thrash metal band’s sophomore album Ride the Lightning, “For Whom The Bells Toll” has remained an iconic staple in Metallica’s live performances; in fact, back in August, we gave the song a shoutout as one of the ten greatest Metallica songs of all time.

While this “Battle of the Bands” performance takes place four years prior to the official release of the Metallica song, it is pretty surreal to hear an early rendition of the track from Burton.

Thankfully, footage of this performance has been uploaded online, and you can check it out for yourself below.

In other news related to the late Metallica bassist, this past Summer, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett expressed a “regret” he has in regard to his fellow bandmate. Reflecting on Burton, current Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo once shared in an interview that Burton was, compared to his bandmates, “a better musician.”

Below the video, you will also find both Metallica’s upcoming 2023 tour dates, as well as their 2024 M72 tour dates.

Upcoming Metallica tour dates in 2023:

  • November 3rd and 5th – St. Louis, MO – The Dome (At America’s Center)
    November 10th and 12th – Detroit, MI – Ford Field

Upcoming Metallica tour dates in 2024:

  • August 2nd and 4th – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
    August 9th and 11th – Chicago, IL – Solider Field
    August 16th and 18th – Minneapolis, MN – US Bank Stadium
    August 23rd and 25th – Edmonton, Canada – Commonwealth Stadium
    August 30th and September 1st – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field

Young Cliff Burton performs parts of “For Whom The Bells Toll” pre-Metallica days