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METALLICA’s ROBERT TRUJILLO Recalls Being ‘Insulted’ By JAMES HETFIELD

METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo was featured guest on the latest episode of “The Ex-Man With Doc Coyle”, a podcast where guitar player Doc Coyle of BAD WOLVES and GOD FORBID talks to professionals in the music world and other creative industries about the challenges and transitions of leaving monumental ventures.

Robert during Metallica’s performance in Paris back in 2019

Talking about how important it is getting along with your bandmates, Trujillo said: “Any situation, people that are coming up and doing bands, never get caught up in the idea that you’re in your band and you’re safe and nothing can touch you. Anybody can be replaced. And you wanna always try to be as respectful as possible. Because you’re gonna have your ups and downs and you’re gonna bump heads, but it doesn’t mean you quit or you hate the person or whatever.

“I’ve always been in situations in my bands where there were those moments and things get heated and you’re bumping heads. It happens in METALLICA. There’s been a couple of times, even with James. Maybe something was bothering him… I remember one time, about three years ago in Italy. Poor guy, he got stung by a bee in his face, I think it was. I don’t think he’s allergic, but there was poison oak going on. So your face is hurtin’, your body’s itchin’. You’re out there on the road. It’s raining. We were in Italy or something. And one of the songs, like ‘Memory Remains’ or something… I had a lot in my head. Kirk and I were doing these duets and I’m singing in other languages. And Lars threw, like, ‘Do a bass solo,’ kind of a day before. And I’m just, like, ‘Aaaargh…’ So I’m tense. And [James is] tense too, but we’re tense about different things. And we’re going on stage very soon and things are running late. And we’re playing ‘Memory Remains’ [in the tuning room], and I’m just kind of jamming through it, but I’m not really jamming through it with full intensity, I’m just kind of ghosting it a little bit. And he’s, like, ‘You know the song?’ And this is a song we’ve played thousands of times. And I was insulted, because this is one of the easiest songs we play, and you’re asking me if I know the song. So I’m just kind of, like, ‘Yeah, I know the fucking s…’ I blew a fuse for a second. And then I felt horrible, and he felt horrible. And then we realized, I think, that I’m tripping on the load that I have on my shoulders over here, he’s tripping on this and that, and probably… I mean, I get it, man, I’ve had poison oak, I’ve had bee stings before, and it ain’t fun. And you’re out there and you’re trying to be the best you can. So, rather than throwing your instruments down and coming to blows or anything like that, you work it out, you kind of calm yourself and you realize what’s going on.”

He continued: “So even in our situation, things like that can happen. And it’s just the nature of the beast. We’re all individuals and we all have our moments. So I always stress that, more now than ever.

Hetfield praised Trujillo during a 2017 interview with the 94.5 The Buzz radio station, saying: “Who else could [have come in and done the job]? I mean, there were a few people we auditioned, I know. It might have worked out with other people, but it’s hard to find people that are, say, your age, kind of your upbringing, musically, obviously, ability-wise, they’ve been on the road. It’s not like you’re bringing some kid out for his first time, and it’s, ‘Oh my God!’ He’s going through all the stuff that you did twenty-five years ago. He’s got kids. He’s married. It just jelled, and it’s still jelling. And his personality is probably one of the best contributions, I think, to the band, ’cause he’s so chill, he’s so up for anything, he’s always in there rehearsing. So he does fit in.”

You can listen to the full podcast here:

Footage: METALLICA’s JAMES HETFIELD Gets Emotional At a Concert in Brazil

METALLICA‘s front man James Hetfield got emotional during the band’s concert Thursday night in Brazil, admitting to the audience that he was “feeling a little bit insecure” prior to taking the stage.

Before starting “Sad But True” at Estádio do Mineirão in Belo Horizonte on May 12, the 58  years old thanked the huge crowd, saying how he and his bandmates are “so blessed” to have the support of such a loyal fanbase.
But then he added : “I’ve gotta tell you I wasn’t feeling very good before I came out here. [I was] feeling a little bit insecure, like I’m an old guy, [I] can’t play anymore, all this bullshit that I tell myself in my head. So I talked to these guys, and they helped me, as simple as that. They gave me a hug and said, ‘Hey, if you’re struggling on stage, we’ve got your back.’ And I tell you, it means the world to me.” At that point, all three of James‘s bandmates approached the singer and once again gave him a heartfelt group hug, with Hetfield visibly touched by the gesture. He then once again addressed the audience, telling them: “And seeing you out there, I… I am not alone. I am not alone, and neither are you.”

James has been open about his battles with addiction, anxiety and low self-esteem in the past, most recently last fall while discussing the transformation he had to undergo in order to successfully front METALLICAduring the touring cycle for the band’s 1991 self-titled album, which stands as one of the top-selling records of all time.

He told Apple Music‘s Zane Lowe in October 2021: “There was such an expectation already on myself to not let the team down and be the best as possible. But then you add 60,000 people out there… You need to be what they need you to be, ’cause this is what you’ve evolved to be. And it is a little bit of Oz,” referencing the classic 1900 children’s book “The Wizard Of Oz” by L. Frank Baum which was then adapted into the two-time Oscar-winning film in 1939. “Like, the man behind the curtain, pay no attention, but this guy behind the curtain is just dying and struggling and freaking out and not knowing who he is.”

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