Cliff Burton’s Father Donates His Metallica Royalties To Music Charities


In a recent interview with the Alphabetallica podcast, late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton’s father Ray Burton has admitted that he gives some of the royalty monies he collects to charity. Some of the money the elder Burton collects from the seminal albums Cliff played on, Kill ‘Em All, Master of Puppets, and Ride the Lightning, go to music schools in the Castro Valley.

One of the things from the royalties that I get, I give a scholarship to the high school he went to, Castro Valley High School, for music. The kids who won it they invariably write and thank me for. And 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.”

He was quite a humble person,He just didn’t like the strutting types that so much of the rock ‘n’ roll musicians get to be when they get popular. He just liked to do his wild playing of heavy metal music. He never changed.”