Sat Eye Candy: Robert Trujillo of Metallica


In February 2003, Robert Trujillo became the bassist for Metallica. For the general public it was the introduction of a phenomenal (and phenomenally entertaining) musician, but for hardcore fans Trujillo was already a well-known quantity as a member of Suicidal Tendencies, not to mention a stint with Ozzy in the early 2000s and his low-end role in Infectious Grooves. Trujillo seems to stalk a groove, his eyes alight with mischievous purpose. And most times out he bags something very compelling. Robert Trujillo turns 46 today and we're here to celebrate his work. (Dennis Cook)

Just like Jason Newsted before him, there are signature pieces associated with Cliff Burton, arguably metal's greatest bassist of all-time, that must be tackled. Trujillo equates himself admirably here.

Based on a track like this, it's not hard to imagine why Metallica had Trujillo on their shortlist of possible bassists. The guy really is a perfect fit.

Without question, this is one of Ozzy's finest solo band lineups. Here they are at Budokan kicking around a Sabbath classic.

Few musicians have had their first steps with a famous band exposed to the world in the same way as Trujillo, whose induction into Metallica was captured in detail in the documentary Some Kind of Monster.

And what heavy music bassist doesn't want a chance to sink their fangs into juicy beasts like "Whiplash" and "Enter Sandman"?

2001's Down To Earth, the one Ozzy studio release Trujillo played on (besides controversially re-recording the original bass parts for the CD reissues of Blizzard of Oz & Diary of a Madman), remains one of Osbourne's strongest solo efforts, including this standout.

The title kinda says it all.

One more taste of Trujillo in Suicidal Tendencies.

And a last blast with Metallica.

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[Published on: 10/23/10]

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