Cliff Burton’s father, Ray, is a beloved figure in the heavy metal community. The late/great Metallica bassist passed away in 1986 after a tragic tour bus accident, and his father has publicly honored him in everything that he does since that day.
Burton performed on Metallica’s first three albums, which are still selling a considerable amount of units. His 92-year-old father has revealed the incredibly heartwarming gesture he has been making over the years with those Metallica royalties. He tells Alphabetallica:
“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.”
Mr. Burton also described how excited his son was the first time he got a royalty check from Metallica:
“I had absolutely no idea what that album meant. We realized that things had a 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 continues being a legend and one of the kindest souls in the heavy metal community. His son has never and will never be forgotten.
[Via Metal Injection]