Metallica Autographed “Ride the Lightning” Album Flat beautifully signed on the cover in gold and silver paint pen by all four members of Metallica” Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and the late Cliff Burton.
Albums signed by this vintage group with Cliff Burton are quite rare, especially with signatures of this quality. This is without question as nice of a group of autographs as we have seen from this line-up.
The album flat is identical to the album cover and was produced by the label when the album was made and used for promotional purposes. The flat has creases and folds, along with two pieces of clear tape on the left and right edge. The tape was there before it was signed. Overall the album flat displays very well and is a superb example of this scarce signed album. Burton passed away a little over two years after the release of this album resulting in limited opportunities for him to sign it.
Sold with Certificates of Authenticity from both The Autograph Source and independent third-party authenticator Beckett Authentication Services (BAS).
Clifford Lee Burton was best known as the bass guitarist for the American band Metallica from December 1982 until his death in September 1986.
Burton joined Metallica in 1982 and performed on the band’s first three studio albums: Kill ‘Em All, Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets. He also received a posthumous writing credit for the song “To Live Is to Die” from the band’s fourth studio album, …And Justice for All.
On September 27, 1986, Burton died in a bus accident in Kronoberg County, a rural area of southern Sweden, as Metallica toured in support of the Master of Puppets album. He has been recognized as a very influential musician both during his career and after his death, placing ninth in a 2011 Rolling Stone magazine online reader poll recognizing the greatest bassists of all time. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Metallica on April 4, 2009.
During the European leg of the Damage Inc. tour in support of Master of Puppets, the band complained that the sleeping cubicles on their tour bus were unsatisfactory and uncomfortable. To decide who received pick of the bunks, Kirk Hammett and Burton drew cards. On the evening of September 26, 1986, Burton won the game with an ace of spades, thereby getting the first choice of bunk. Burton turned to Hammett and said “I want your bunk”, Hammett then responded “Fine, take my bunk, I’ll sleep up front, it’s probably better up there anyway.” Burton was sleeping shortly before 7 am on September 27 when, according to the driver, the bus skidded off the road and flipped onto the grass in Kronoberg County Burton was thrown through the window of the bus, which fell on top of him, resulting in his death.