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Metallica: To Live Is To Die, Live
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Metallica: To Live Is To Die, Live

Metallica is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their album …And Justice For All by posting live versions of each song from the album. They’ve just posted a clip of “To Live is To Die” from its first ever (and only) full-length live performance in 2011. The song is mostly instrumental and was written as a tribute to Cliff Burton, who...

Ron McGovney Opens Up About Being Replaced in Metallica by Cliff Burton
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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 Talk is Jericho podcast. McGovney...

Cliff Burton Documentary: The Salvation Kingdom
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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 of mind and of spirit...

Hal Leonard Releases “Metallica: 1983-1988 Bass Play-Along” Book
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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 For All is also in...

Metallica: Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth), Live in Chicago 1983
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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 1983 performance, the clip shows...

Cliff Burton Day Announced For February 10th
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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 10, 2018, which would have...

Metallica’s Remastered “Master of Puppets” Box Set Features Cliff Burton Interviews, Jason Newsted Auditions
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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 (with a MP3 Download Card),...

Cliff Burton’s Father Donates Royalties To Music Scholarships
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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 royalties that I get,” he...

Morley Announces Limited Edition Cliff Burton Tribute Power Fuzz Wah
Pedals & Effects

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 father, Ray Burton. The mirror...

Morley Announces Cliff Burton Tribute Series Power Fuzz Wah Pedal
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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 fuzz and wah effects can...