Cliff Burton Net Worth

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Cliff Burton net worth: He was best known for being the bassist for the heavy metal band Metallica. Burton joined the group in 1982 and played on their first three studios records. Metallica’s second album Ride the Lightning was launched in 1984 and was certified 6x Platinum. Their third album Master of Puppets premiered in 1986 and was additionally certified 6x Platinum selling nearly five million copies. Burton also received a posthumous writing credit for the tune “To Live Is to Die” on Metallica’s fourth album …And Justice For All. Burton was named the 9th best bassist ever by way of a Rolling Stone readers’ survey in 2011. In 2013 Aria guitars released the Aria Pro II Cliff Barton Touch Bass Guitar. Cliff Burton passed away on September 27, 1986 in the age of 24. He was killed in a bus accident while Metallica was on tour in Sweden.

Quick Facts

Birth date: February 10, 1962, Castro Valley, California, United States
Death date: September 27, 1986, Ljungby, Sweden
Birth place: Castro Valley
Height:1.88 m
Profession:Songwriter, Musician, Bassist
Education:Castro Valley High School
Nationality:United States of America
Parents:Jan Burton, Ray Burton
Siblings:Connie Burton, Scott Burton
Music groups:Metallica (1982 – 1986), Trauma (1982), EZ-Street

Interesting Facts

1The first instrument he learned to play was the piano.
2Metallica's instrumental song "Orion" (found on their 1986 album, "Master of Puppets") was played at Burton's funeral.
3Played bass only with his fingers, never used a pick
4Was a big fan of the band The Misfits. Metallica even covered two Misfits songs ("Die, Die My Darling" and "Last Caress/Green Hell") on their 1998 double cover album, "Garage Inc.".
5Metallica's first album, "Kill 'Em All", was originally titled "Metal Up Your Ass", but the label didn't like the title and forced the band to change it. After the band learned of the change, Cliff said "Just kill 'em all, man,". The rest of the band liked the phrase and decided to use it as the new title for the album, which was released in 1983.
6One of the riffs he recorded before he died appeared on the song "To Live Is To Die" on Metallica's 1988 album "...And Justice For All".
7In 1987 Metallica released a home video Metallica: Cliff 'Em All! (1987), in honor of Burton.
8Was killed in a tour bus accident on the morning of September 27, 1986, when Metallica was touring Europe after completing a spring/summer tour with Ozzy Osbourne in 1985. Jason Newsted replaced Burton as Metallica's new bassist in 1986.
9Former bassist for the heavy metal band Metallica. He worked on their first three albums ("Kill 'Em All", "Ride The Lightning" and "Master of Puppets").


1Rickenbacker bass guitar
2Unique bass style with heavy use of effects and distortion
3Ripped Jeans and T-Shirt


1Why should we change on stage? We're not trying to be something big and fancy, it's just us, doing what we do, we'd like to keep it that way.




Daddy's Home2015writer: "For Whom the Bell Tolls" - as Clifford Burton
The Big Short2015writer: "Master of Puppets"
Mike & Mike2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wrestle Donst Wrestle2015Documentary short writer: "For Whom the Bells Tolls" - as Hetfield/Urich/Burton
Metallica: Amped for IMAX2013Short writer: "For Whom The Bell Tolls" performed by Metallica, "Damage, Inc"
Metallica Through the Never2013writer: "For Whom the Bells Tolls", "Orion" - as Hetfield'/Urich/Burton / writer: "Ride the Lightning", "Creeping Death", "Master Of Puppets"
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory2011Documentary writer: "Fade to Black"
Ruisrock - 40 vuotta rockia ja rakkautta2011TV Movie documentary writer: "Master of Puppets"
WrestleMania XXVII2011TV Special writer: "For Whom The Bell Tolls"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hesher2010writer: "Fight Fire With Fire", "Anesthesia Pulling Teeth"
Zombieland2009writer: "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
Guitar Hero: Metallica2009Video Game writer: "Creeping Death", "Fade To Black", "Fight Fire With Fire", "For Whom The Bell Tolls", "Master of Puppets", "Orion"
A Cross the Universe2008Video documentary writer: "Final" - as Burton
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock2007Video Game writer: "One"
Heavy Metal in Baghdad2007Documentary writer: "Fade to Black"
The Darwin Awards2006writer: "No Leaf Clover", "Sad but True" - as Clifford Lee Burton
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey2005Documentary writer: "Master of Puppets" - as Burton
The Devil and Daniel Johnston2005Documentary writer: "Master of Puppets"
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster2004Documentary writer: "Master of Puppets", "Damage, Inc.", "For Whom the Bell Tolls" - as Burton
Old School2003writer: "Master Of Puppets"
American Movie1999Documentary writer: "Fight Fire With Fire"
Metallica: Cunning Stunts1998Video documentary writer: "Creeping Death", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "Ride the Lightning", "Fight Fire with Fire", "Master of Puppets"
Spawn1997writer: "For Whom the Bell Tolls The Irony of it All" - as Burton
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills1996Documentary writer: "The Call of Ktulu", "Orion"
Metallica: Cliff 'Em All!1987Video documentary writer: "Creeping Death", "Damage, Inc.", "Master of Puppets", "Fade To Black", "For Whom The Bell Tolls"

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Video on Trial2006TV SeriesHimself
When Metallica Ruled the World2005TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster2004DocumentaryHimself
Metallica: Cliff 'Em All!1987Video documentaryHimself (Bassist)

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