Cliff Burton’s “Dawn of the Dead” Shirt Returns After 30 Years

Metallica bassist Cliff Burton was a known horror fan, both in music and in film, as evidenced by his Misfits tattoo and iconic sound. Dawn of the dead shirt he wore on stage just months before his tragic death. Today, after 30 years, the T-shirt was returned to the Burton family by Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin.

The shirt design is a replica of the legendary 1978 horror film by director George A. Romero and is one of the most beloved zombie movies of all time – and a favorite of the late Burton.

The Burton family shared the news of the shirt’s return on Instagram and wrote: “Huge thanks to Mike ‘Puffy’ Bordin for bringing the original from Cliff Dawn of the dead home shirt where it belongs. It has been a roller coaster of emotions and we love Mike and the person who has kept him safe for us for over 30 years.

It appears that Bordin may not have been in possession of the missing item of clothing for the past three decades, but that it could have been linked to the source that was and then secured it before returning it to the family.

“Our only regret is that Ray is not here to see it,” the post concluded.

Ray Burton, Cliff’s father, passed away on January 15, 2020 at the age of 94. Over the decades, he and the Burton family have remained close to the members of Metallica, and Ray has attended a handful of shows on the “WorldWired” tour and posed for photos with the metal icons.

The patriarch of the Burton family also promoted community goodwill in honor of Cliff and donated the Metallica royalties that the family still earns to a scholarship program at Castro Valley High School, where Cliff has attended school and formed the EZ Street group with Bordin on drums.

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