Rob Trujillo Details How James Hetfield Prepared For Metallica’s 40th Anniversary Show

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo appeared on SiriusXM Mandatory Metallica and Liquid Metal live call-in roundtable and talked about the band’s 40th-anniversary concerts. Trujillo stated that James Hetfield and he watched the film content prepared for Metallica to relax before the shows.

There is no need to say that Metallica is one of the most influential bands in the history of music. They reinvented metal music with their revolutionary sound and have drawn massive crowds. Their influence goes way beyond the metal world, they are also an important part of popular culture.

The legendary thrash band has been celebrating its 40th anniversary with a series of events these days. Metallica recently gave two sold-out performances in their hometown, San Francisco. These two shows were part of Metallica’s ‘San Francisco Takeover,’ which is a four-day celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary. Both shows were streamed live on some platforms so the fans who couldn’t attend had the chance to watch them. Metallica also collaborated with Coda Collection for original content that will include important moments from the band’s career.

Robert Trujillo reflected on how James Hetfield prepared for the band’s two 40th-anniversary concerts. Trujillo said that it was very helpful for both of them to watch all of the film content related to the songs before the shows. He stated that it certainly helped them to feel more confident and relaxed. Trujillo explained that they normally felt a little bit nervous before the shows but the edits of the film made them excited to meet the crowd as soon as possible.

Here are Robert Trujillo’s words on how James Hetfield and he prepared for the shows:

 “Here’s something that’s very helpful, and a lot of people may not know this. But James and I actually, before the show, a couple of hours before, we went up in the nosebleed seats and we watched all of the film content that was transitional into the songs for the evening. So we saw all the film content — it was like a half-hour of content — and we were so excited by what we saw that when we got on the floor preceding the show, there was a certain feeling of confidence, I think, and a bit more of the right kind of relaxation.

And what I usually do is all the fans that are kind of behind me in my area, I give them fistbumps and all that kind of stuff, so I’m getting their energy already and we’re already communicating with the crowd in that way. It’s kind of like an athletic event — you’re getting ready to take the pitch, getting ready to take the field — so you get that nervousness, but it’s a good nervousness.

And fueled with the idea that we had seen the transitions on film and we knew what we were gonna celebrate was really, really cool, and that helped James and me immensely. We talked about it a little bit. We were kind of, like, ‘Oh, this is cool.’ Cause, you see how it was put together and how well the edits are and the flow and the celebratory aspect of it were really, really cool. Now you’re excited, now you’re, like, ‘Yeah! Let’s do this.’ I think that helped us a lot. And then once we got up there, we were pretty confident in at least having a great time.”

Metallica’s last concert in the Chase Center in San Fransisco was around two years ago so the fans were really excited about the four-day events. Metallica announced that there will also be brand-new merchandise specially designed for the band’s 40th anniversary.