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Robert Trujillo
 
Birth date: October 23rd, 1964
Birthplace: Santa Monica, CA
Job: Bass/Super Samurai Whiskey Warlord
Instrument: Bass, Background Vocals
Vitals: Brown eyes, dark hair, 5'9"/1.75 meters tall
Equipment: Tobias / MTD, Music Man, Fernandez, Ampeg SVT III, Hi Watt, Dean Markley Strings
Previous Bands: Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves, Jerry Cantrell, Ozzy Osbourne
Hobbies: Surfing, snowboarding, learning the Metallica catalog
Influences: Parliament, Geezer Butler, anything funky
Additional Bits of Info: Rob toured with Metallica numerous times in the early 90s as the bass player of Suicidal Tendencies. Little did he know that, less than 10 years later, he'd be taking the bass playing duties of the band he used to play under.
       
He's got rhythm, and he's most certainly got music. Now Robert Trujillo's also got the job of being Metallica's new bassist and family member...one that will doubtless fit this most righteous and cheerful of Southern Californians like a glove.

Although he sometimes does use a pick, Trujillo is best known as a baaaad motherplucker, a finger-playin' bass monster who's dexterity, tones and attitude have seen him grace the bass of Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves and Ozzy Osbourne's band since his first professional work with Suicidal in 1989. It all stems back to a childhood filled with variety and spice.

Growing up in Venice Beach "Dog Town", Trujillo heard everything, from Led Zeppelin to Motown with a chunk of funk in between. Joined with a young love of surfing, Trujillo developed a rhythm and a vibe that saw him play with a variety of local bands through his early 20s until he met Mike Muir of Suicidal Tendencies via his High School buddy, Suicidal guitarist Rocky George. the two got on infamously well, and thus began a rich and fruitful relationship which saw Rob establish himself as one of the most exciting bass talents in the rock world.

In the early '90s, he and Muir formed the experimental funk-rockers Infectious Grooves, and then in the mid-'90s Trujillo joined up with Ozzy Osbourne. Together with drummer Mike Bordin, Trujillo formed one of rock music's most soild and reliable rhythm units.

Rob's name first floated by the Metallicamp during Suicidal's supporting role on the Summer Shed tour of '94, when all the band noted his enthusiastic style and performances. Thus when it was time to consider who could step up and take the bass full-time in Metallica, Rob's name was an obvious choice.

By all accounts, Trujillo's audition dared the band NOT to give him the job, and even producer Bob Rock was heard saying how complete and unequivocally whole the band sounded with Rob playing.

And so it was that on Thursday, February 24th 2003, Robert Trujillo walked in to the HQ and saw Ulrich, Hammett and Hetfield immediately start applauding him. Again, Rob is the perfect fit, a calm, even-keeled man with experience and full bass props...and genuinely one of the nicest guys around. It all adds up to the 4th member, an equal part of the Metallica family and an exciting new stage in Metallihistory.
       
Click here to go to the photo gallery where you can find more pictures of Rob Trujillo and the other members of Metallica.
         
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Have a look at the info on the other band members below

James Hetfield    |    Lars Ulrich    |    Kirk Hammett    |    Jason Newsted
Cliff Burton    |    Dave Mustaine    |    Ron McGovney

 

 

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