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Cliff Burton Anticipated Metallica's Success

10/10/2016
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(Classic Rock) Cliff Burton predicted Metallica's future huge success, according to his father Ray. Ray Burton says his late son was always confident - although not cocky - about his abilities and Metallica's chances of hitting the big time.

Reflecting on the 30th anniversary of Cliff's death, Ray says the family still receive regular royalty payments and that his son was sure he'd be able to provide for his parents down the line.

Ray Burton tells The Metalsucks Podcast: "The royalties have been coming my way for quite some time. He could see things coming along, he felt that they were doing well.

"He told his mom and me, 'I'm gonna buy you two a house when this thing gets going better.' So he had an idea that the band was going to be a success. And boy, was it ever."

On Cliff's faith in his own ability, Ray adds: "Cliff knew he had talent, but he wasn't cocky about it. But he felt the music that he was getting and playing with James and Kirk and Lars was pretty good, and he was quite satisfied with it.

"He said that he felt that if he couldn't make a living with Metallica, he had enough talent to be a studio musician. So that's a lot of confidence in your own ability. But at the same time, I heard him say several times, 'There are a hundred kids out there in garages that play the guitar as well as I can.'

"That kind of thinking toward yourself also helps in everyday life. You have that confidence about your own abilities, and Cliff had a degree of confidence. But as I say, he wasn't cocky about it in any sense of the word." Read more here.

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