Late Metallica bassist’s father supports local music program
By David Sands
August 11, 2017
Ray Burton, the father of Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, has been putting the money he receives from his late son’s royalty checks towards a good cause. In a recent interview with the Metallica podcast Alphabetallica, the 92-year-old Burton revealed that he’s been donating those royalties to a music scholarship at his son’s former high school. (LISTEN BELOW.)
“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,” he told the podcast.
“I think Cliff probably would have done that with his money, because he was not against education by any means,” Burton adds. “He liked it very much.”
Cliff Burton, Metallica’s second bassist, joined the group in 1982 and performed on three of their
most iconic album’s, Kill ‘Em All, Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets. He died in a tragic bus accident in Sweden in 1982.
Though he’s more partial to big band music, the elder Burton is still a big fan of Metallica’s music. He regularly attends their concerts and even gave an acceptance speech in Cliff’s honor when the band was inducted into the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.