Metallica Drops “For Whom The Bell Tolls” Live Track

Cliff BurtonMetallica Drops “For Whom The Bell Tolls” Live Track

Recorded in 1986, it features Cliff Burton and a special “guest” guitarist

By David Sands
September 25, 2017

Get a load of this Metallica fans! The thrash metal masters have shared a previously unreleased live version of “For Whom The Bell Tolls” that’s slated to appear on their upcoming remastered Masters of Puppet set.

While the song originally appeared on Metallica’s second album, Ride the Lightning, the just released live track was recorded during a performance at Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA on August 3, 1986, which was part of Ozzy Osbourne’s Ultimate Sin tour. It’s notable because James Hetfield had injured his arm at the time, so he had roadie John Marshall play his guitar parts while he sang. Due to the timing, it would also regrettably be among bassist Cliff Burton’s last performances, as he died in a tragic bus accident in southern Sweden in September of that year.

Metallica’s 3-CD expanded edition and deluxe box set of Master of Puppets will be available on Nov. 10. According to Metallica’s website, in addition to the remastered album, the new limited edition box set comes with a 108-page hardcover book of photos and essays and features “unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews and live tracks” that were pulled from band member’s personal collections. A digital version will also be available at the time of the physical set’s release.

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