Cliff Burton, the original bassist for Metallica, famously died in 1986 from a freak tour bus accident while the band was trekking across Europe following the release of Master of Puppets. 30 years later, Burton’s father Ray is still a fan of the group, and is even using the royalties from his son’s contributions to the iconic metal band to benefit today's high school students.
As heard in a recent episode of a fan-run Metallica podcast, Alphabetallica, the 92-year-old father explains how he still regularly attends the bands shows in addition to using his son’s money for local education.
“I give a scholarship to the high school he went to, Castro Valley High School, for music,” Burton says in the podcast, which can be heard below. “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."
Burton continued in saying that his son wasn’t the kind of guy who wanted the snobbery that some musicians get when they achieved popularity and success.
“He just liked to do his wild playing of heavy metal music. He never changed.”
Ray Burton was in attendance when Metallica was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, and has been attending multiple shows throughout the band’s current Hardwired World Tour.
Speaking of the tour, the Metallica will soon be heading over to Europe to continue promoting their latest studio album starting this fall and keeping them there well into 2018. Tickets for select shows on their upcoming overseas run are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here.