METALLICA Bassist Says There Are More Than 50 Recorded Hours Of New Music To Sift Through

METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo has told PhillyBurbs.com the band already has a jump start on the next album: More than 50 recorded hours of pre-set jamming, with hundreds of riffs, chord progressions and bass lines to sift through.

This time, the recording sessions don't look to be so tumultuous. This time, really, no pressure.

"It's kind of like you're starting over again," Trujillo said. "It feels like a resurgence, and we'll ride the wave now."

Trujillo figured if things didn't work out when METALLICA hired him as its third bass player in February 2003, that would have been the final tremor for a band that was already on shaky ground.

"If it wouldn't have clicked with us or wouldn't have clicked with someone else, they would have called it a day," Trujillo said in a phone interview Sunday before METALLICA took the stage in Buffalo, N.Y.

"We almost didn't have a METALLICA three years ago," Trujillo said.

At that time, Trujillo was playing bass with Ozzy Osbourne's band. When he went in for an audition with METALLICA a year later, Trujillo admits he was a little apprehensive about everything from James Hetfield's sometimes-intimidating personality to the therapist to the camera crews.

"You can imagine how I felt," Trujillo said. "I was like, 'A therapist?' And a camera crew there to document some embarrassing moments? What if I jam with these guys and make a fool of myself?" Read more.

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