New METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo recently spoke to Kerrang! magazine about his addition to the group and his decision to leave OZZY OSBOURNE's band in order to hook up with the San Franciscian metal pioneers.

When asked how he found out he got the gig, Robert said, "METALLICA called me [in late February]. They said, 'Can you get up here in the next 24 hours?' It was [drummer] Lars [Ulrich] that called, but the others were on the speakerphone. And I was like, 'Okay, I'm in Venice [Beach, L.A.] at this point.' So I flew up the next morning thinking they'd want to have a discussion, or maybe they had some concerns. But when I walked into the room, the guys were clapping, everyone who worked in the office was clapping, and I was just like, 'Wow.' And they said, 'Have a seat. We know in our hearts that you are the guy for the job and we want you to become a family member of METALLICA."

"I was just overwhelmed. I was buzzing, of course. It was an absolute high point."

With regards to his decision to leave OSBOURNE in order to join METALLICA, Trujillo stated, "You have to understand that my relationship with Ozzy and Sharon has been very strong for seven years. And as much as I was buzzing about the METALLICA thing, I was also aware that I was leaving a situation with my other family that has been so good to me. They're great people and I love them. But this move comes with their blessing. They understand. I sat down with Sharon [right after I found out I got the gig] for a couple of hours and things went great. So everybody's happy."


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