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  • Ron McGovney Opens Up About Being Replaced in Metallica by Cliff Burton

    Ron McGovney Opens Up About Being Replaced in Metallica by Cliff Burton

    The legendary Cliff Burton is often thought to be Metallica’s first bassist since he is featured on all the early recordings. It was, however, Ron McGovney who first held down the low end in the band. McGovney recently opened up about the transition to Burton as Metallica’s bassist in a new interview on Chris Jericho’s... »

  • Cliff Burton Documentary: The Salvation Kingdom

    Cliff Burton Documentary: The Salvation Kingdom

    The late, great Cliff Burton is the subject of a new documentary called The Salvation Kingdom. The 93-minute video is an intimate look at Burton as a person largely based on interviews with his sister, Connie. It covers the bassist’s childhood, his hobbies, his practicing, his beliefs, and more. “He would go into a state... »

  • Hal Leonard Releases “Metallica: 1983-1988 Bass Play-Along” Book

    Hal Leonard Releases “Metallica: 1983-1988 Bass Play-Along” Book

    Hal Leonard’s Bass Play-Along series has gotten a little more metal thanks to their latest release: Metallica: 1983-1988: Bass Play-Along Volume 21. Fans will recognize that the date range means the majority of the transcriptions are of bass lines by the late, great Cliff Burton. Jason Newsted’s bass line for “One” off of …And Justice... »

  • Metallica: Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth), Live in Chicago 1983

    Metallica: Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth), Live in Chicago 1983

    Every year we celebrate Cliff Burton’s birthday, who would have turned 56 today. But this year is special: it’s officially Cliff Burton Day. That’s why we’re observing the holiday with a live performance of the legendary Metallica bassist’s most famous bass solo composition, “Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth).” Recorded live at the Metro in Chicago during a... »

  • Cliff Burton Day Announced For February 10th

    Cliff Burton Day Announced For February 10th

    Mark your calendars: Cliff Burton Day is set for February 10th. After fans started a petition on Change.org, the late Metallica bassist’s home town of Castro Valley will recognize the bassist on his birthday this year. Metallica announced the news on Twitter. “IT’S OFFICIAL! The Board of Supervisors from Alameda County has just proclaimed February... »

  • 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... »