METALLICA: THROUGH THE NEVER
ROBERT TRUJILLO (Bass Guitar, Writer, Executive Producer) is the newest member of Metallica, having joined the family "recently"...ten years ago in 2003! This cheerful Southern Californian is renowned for his mostly "fingerstyle" approach to the bass. Before joining Metallica, Trujillo wowed audiences with his dexterity, tone and attitude playing for acts such as Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves and Ozzy Osbourne.
Growing up in Venice Beach, Trujillo heard everything from Led Zeppelin to Motown with a chunk of funk in between. He played with a variety of local bands throughout his early 20s before meeting Mike Muir of Suicidal Tendencies via a high school buddy, guitarist Rocky George. Thus began a rich and fruitful relationship that saw Trujillo establish himself as one of the most exciting bass talents in the rock world.
In the early '90s Trujillo and Muir formed the experimental funk-rock outfit Infectious Grooves. A few years later Trujillo teamed up with Ozzy Osbourne and together with drummer Mike Bordin, Trujillo anchored one of rock music's most reliable rhythm sections.
Trujillo's name was first discussed by the Metalli-camp when Suicidal Tendencies opened for them during the '94 Summer Shed Tour. After Jason Newsted left the band in 2001, Metallica certainly remembered Trujillo's enthusiastic style and power-packed performances. After a knockout audition, Metallica considered Trujillo an obvious choice to be the band's new bass player. Producer Bob Rock noted that with Trujillo playing, the band sounded complete and unequivocally whole.
And so it was that on Thursday, February 24, 2003, Trujillo joined the fold and launched an exciting new stage in "Metalli-history."
Robert and his wife Chloe and their two children Ty and Lula split their time between his native Southern California and the band's headquarters in NorCal. When not spending time at home or playing music, Robert enjoys filmmaking and surfing, and when on tour, is always looking for hotels closest to the ocean to slake his passion for waves. He is currently working on a documentary film chronicling the life of his idol and fellow master of the bass, Jaco Pastorius.
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