It was one unfortunate night of 1986 when Metallica’s bassist Cliff Burton died, since then an array of things changed but the legendary bassist’s contribution for metal can still be felt with a resonance to this date in first three Metallica’s records.
Cliff’s father Ray Burton, 92 years old is seemingly one of the best people around us with an interview with Alphabetallica, Ray told that the royalty checks he gets( because the albums sell great) he gives for scholarships for Cliff’s high school ‘Castro Valley High School’.
“From the royalties that I get, I give a scholarship to the high school he went to, the Castro Valley High School, for music. So the kids that have won it thank me for it. I think Cliff probably would have done that with his money because he was not against education by any means. He liked it very much.”
Ray also recalls the first time Cliff got his royalty check of $1500 and took out his family for sushi!
“I had absolutely no idea what that album meant. We realized that things had the possibility of really getting big when Cliff got his first royalty check. I think it was $1,500. He said, ‘Mom and Dad, here’s my first check. Come on, I’ll take you out to dinner tonight.’ ‘Okay, let’s go!’ We went to dinner to his favorite sushi place in Hayward, which is right next door to Castro Valley. That was the first thing that I got that maybe there were bigger things down the road.”
RAY Burton Talks about Cliff and METALLICA + Much More in an interview:
May Cliff Burton rest in peace and Ray we would like to thank you for your contribution in making this world better.