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  • Metallica’s Remastered “Master of Puppets” Box Set Features Cliff Burton Interviews, Jason Newsted Auditions

    Metallica’s Remastered “Master of Puppets” Box Set Features Cliff Burton Interviews, Jason Newsted Auditions

    31 years after its release, Metallica is paying tribute to their iconic Master of Puppets with an incredible reissue box set. The band’s third album has been remastered for sound quality in CD, vinyl, and digital formats. An expansive deluxe box set includes the album in several formats and much more with three vinyl records... »

  • Cliff Burton’s Father Donates Royalties To Music Scholarships

    Cliff Burton’s Father Donates Royalties To Music Scholarships

    Cliff Burton’s playing has inspired generations of players, and now we know that his royalty checks have been helping, too. In a new interview with the Metallica podcast Alphabetallica, the bass legend’s 92-year-old father Ray revealed that he’s been donating the fallen bassist’s royalties to fund local music scholarships. “One of the things from the... »

  • Morley Announces Limited Edition Cliff Burton Tribute Power Fuzz Wah

    Morley Announces Limited Edition Cliff Burton Tribute Power Fuzz Wah

    Morley has announced a new limited edition of the Cliff Burton Tribute Power Fuzz Wah. The pedal, which has independent fuzz and wah effects, will come in a chrome finish similar to the original Tel-Ray Morley model. It will be limited to 500 units with some of those being signed by the late Metallica bassist’s... »

  • Morley Announces Cliff Burton Tribute Series Power Fuzz Wah Pedal

    Morley Announces Cliff Burton Tribute Series Power Fuzz Wah Pedal

    Morley debuted the Cliff Burton Tribute Series Power Fuzz Wah at the Winter NAMM Show this year. Introduced in part with the bassist’s father Ray Burton, the pedal is a tribute that blends aspects of the 70’s model used by Burton on the early Metallica recordings and the company’s modern models. The Power Fuzz Wah’s... »

  • Aria Guitars To Unveil Cliff Burton Signature Bass at NAMM

    Aria Guitars To Unveil Cliff Burton Signature Bass at NAMM

    Aria Guitars has announced they’ll be launching the Aria Pro II Cliff Burton Signature Bass at NAMM this week. A year in the making, the bass is a replica of the Black ’n Gold I bass Burton played. The bass made with the authorization of the late bassist’s family and bandmates in Metallica, with whom... »

  • Transcription: Cliff Burton’s “Orion”

    Transcription: Cliff Burton’s “Orion”

    “Orion”, the classic Metallica track that features bassist Cliff Burton in a lead role, was an obvious choice for this month’s transcription. To this day – nearly thirty years after it was recorded – it’s a track that is studied and dissected by metal-loving bass players all over the world. The recent release of the... »

  • Cliff Burton: Metallica’s “Orion” Isolated Bass

    Cliff Burton: Metallica’s “Orion” Isolated Bass

    “Orion” is a heavy metal masterpiece, mostly due to the incredible bass work by the late Cliff Burton. Released on the groundbreaking 1986 album Master of Puppets, the instrumental track is the band’s most progressive work up to that point. Burton plays “lead bass” throughout, with in-your-face distortion and wicked solos. The interlude changes the... »

  • Metallica Presents the Orion Music + More Festival

    Metallica Presents the Orion Music + More Festival

    Metallica has announced the Orion Music + More Festival, a two-day event full of music, entertainment and culture named in part as a tribute to bass legend Cliff Burton. (“Orion” was the instrumental hit penned by Burton featured on the group’s Master of Puppets album.) The band itself will be headlining each night’s festivities with... »

  • Metallica: Orion, Live

    Metallica: Orion, Live

    Orion, the seventh track from Metallica’s iconic Master of Puppets album, is a song known to almost every metal bassist. Penned in part and played by the legendary Cliff Burton, the group never played it live until the mid-2000’s. Here, Robert Trujillo and the gang rip through the instrumental tune in Seoul, South Korea in... »

  • Rare Live Cliff Burton Solo (1986)

    Rare Live Cliff Burton Solo (1986)

    The Metal Den has just posted a Youtube clip including audio of Cliff Burton’s bass solo from a Metallica concert at the Coliseum Ballroom in Davenport, Iowa on May 30, 1986. The solo is part improv, with Burton adding the themes from the track, “(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth.” Hailed as one of the greatest bassists of... »