Metallica Face Tour Bus Fear

(Rock Radio) Metallica faced down their fear of tour buses to beat the Iceland volcano chaos and realized they still have vivid memories of the 1986 crash that killed bassist Cliff Burton. He died in September that year when their band bus overturned in Sweden, and the band, who carried on with new member Jason Newsted who was eventually replaced by Robert Trujillo, had not used a tour bus since that tour.

But the grounding of all flights over Europe as a result of last week's Eyjafjallajokull eruption forced them back on board to travel from Oslo in Norway to Riga in Latvia, a 28-hour journey which would have taken just four by air.

"When we boarded a bus again this week and had to travel overnight, I realised those memories are still here. We haven't used this means of transportation for more than two decades since the tragedy," Guitarist Kirk Hammett tells Associated Press. "I still haven't overcome the fear of buses. But the show must go on. - more on this story

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