Former bassist of Metallica, Ron McGovney responded to a fan’s tweet wondering whether he received any payment for the official release of ‘No Life ‘Til Leather’ and revealed that he was not doing well financially.
As you may recall, Ron McGovney was the original bassist of the iconic thrash metal band Metallica and performed with the band between the years of 1981 and 1982. However, his short time in Metallica included the continuous clash with the band’s drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist Dave Mustaine. Eventually, McGovney left the band and replaced by Cliff Burton.
Recently on Twitter, ex-Metallica member Ron McGovney received a question from a fan asking whether he was getting any sort of specialty payment for the official release of ‘No Life ‘Til Leather.’
‘No Life ‘Til Leather’ was Metallica’s most widely circulated demo tape and it was recorded on July 6, 1982. Later in 2015, Metallica announced that they would be releasing ‘No Life ‘Til Leather’ on limited-edition cassette for Record Store Day.
Here’s the fan’s question:
“Do you get any kind of specialty payment for the No Life Till Leather official release? Every August I get paid for the recordings I played on. May be something to check into (assuming you haven’t, of course).”
As a response to the fan’s question, Ron McGovney criticized Metallica’s royalty share policy and claimed that his balance was negative $300. Ron stated that the ‘No Life ‘Til Leather’ demo tape was a ‘break-even or giveaway‘ and continued:
“Blackened Recordings sends me a statement every 6 months. My balance is negative $300. The cassette was basically a break-even or giveaway. After 5 years, it is still in the hole.”
You can see the tweet Ron McGovney posted on his Twitter account below.
Blackened Recordings sends me a statement every 6 months. My balance is negative $300. The cassette was basically a break even or giveaway. After 5 years , it is still in the hole.
— Ron McGovney (@RonMcGovney) October 20, 2020