Rob Trujillo Explains How Ozzy Osbourne Improved Metallica

Rob Trujillo appeared in Howard Stern’s podcast and talked about how his famous crab walk dance came to be. Rob mentioned that it first occurred when he attended Black Sabbath’s show in Las Vegas. He set the scene as:

“We just went into that groove. All of a sudden, Ozzy gets in my face and we’re doing this dance and it’s like we’re sumo wrestlers. It turns into this body position where we’re going lower and lower. Next thing we know, our booties are a foot off the ground and we’re doing what I call the crab walk.”

Trujillo praised Ozzy, and their sincere friendship:

“It’s a performance move that I’ve been doing up until this day and I enjoy doing it. Sometimes Kirk and I do it during ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls.’ So, thank you, Ozzy, thanks for providing me with your choreographed ingenuity and helping me turn on my stage performance with the crab walk. I appreciate you for that.”

Robert and Ozzy first encountered when Trujillo wasn’t a member of Metallica yet, but he was working on Suicidal Tendencies’ side project Infectious Grooves. Back then, Ozzy ended up singing the chorus part of ‘Therapy,’ a song in their debut album ‘The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move.’ Around the late 90s, Rob started playing in Ozzy’s band. In a separate interview, regarding Rob, Ozzy said:

“Rob has always been a great friend of mine. He’s a great bass player and a great guy; he’s the only guy who, when it came time to move, did things the right way. I always ask that the guys who play with me, if they get another offer and want to move on, that’s fine, just don’t drop me in the shit, give me time to get a replacement. Rob’s the only guy who ever did things right by me for that. “

Metallica’s newest album ’72 Seasons’ came out in April. You can listen to the album below.