METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo recently spoke to the Wilkes Barre Times-Leader about the fact that after 20 months, he has still not celebrated landing his new job. Not that he hasn't wanted to, he's just been a little busy learning two decades worth of music.
"It's been intense. You know people say 'You must have been doing back flips. Aren't you excited?' Well... yeah! But I have to be focused (on the music) first. I have just been in a different head space," Trujillo said.
Trujillo, who said he immediately felt comfortable in the band's line up next to frontman James Hetfield, guitarist Kirk Hammett and drummer Lars Ulrich, noted that his new gig has been a challenge for him both mentally and physically.
"No disrespect intended, but not a lot of people could do this job. The workload and the physical demands are incredible at times...A lot of guys can play METALLICA songs, but I think the band was looking for someone whose personality fit too," Trujillo said.
"Most people appreciate and are excited about the band moving forward... I take some shots about not having played on the ['St. Anger'] album, but you know, METALLICA fans are intense. They say what's on their minds. All I can do is hit it hard and not try to be Jason or Cliff (Burton, the band's former bassist who died in a 1986 bus crash), but just be myself." Read more.