Rob Trujillo Picks His Favorite Metallica Song To Play Live

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo named his favorite Metallica song, which the band rarely plays in their live performances, during his recent interview with MMA Junkie. Rob revealed the reason behind his interesting choice by highlighting a juxtaposition he enjoys.

Metallica had to face many line-up changes due to tragic accidents, personal and creative differences. The problems arose when Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield started to clash with their original lead guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist Ron McGovney. It caused their departure, and the remaining members started looking for new members. Kirk Hammett replaced Mustaine, and Cliff Curton was hired as the new bassist.

Unfortunately, Cliff Burton passed away in a car accident on September 27, 1986, and Metallica’s new bassist became Jason Newsted, who left the band after suggesting that Metallica should go on a hiatus to focus on his solo project in 2001. Later, he was replaced by Robert Trujillo, and since then, the bassist has been performing and producing with Metallica. Trujillo’s talent and harmony with the other members were appreciated a lot.

In his latest interview, Trujillo chose ‘The Frayed Ends of Sanity’ from Metallica’s fourth studio album entitled ‘…And Justice for All,’ as his favorite deep cut even though he wasn’t the band’s bassist back then. He praised the song saying that it’s progressive and crazy. Rob stressed that it is reckless and loose but also tight, and added that they’ve played it three times.

In Trujillo’s words, he said:

“My favorite deep cut with Metallica is by far ‘The Frayed Ends of Sanity.’ That is a song that I think we’ve played twice, maybe. Not more than three times… We did play it a couple of times on tour, but it’s a rarity, and that song is probably the craziest of the Metallica archive or catalog. That’s a deep cut but what I like about that particular song is that it has all the ingredients that like about Metallica.

It has the poster grooves, the stuff that makes the headbang, but at the same time, it gets crazy in the middle section. It was a large talking body, a sort of mathematical, and it feels progressive. That’s what I actually like about it. There’s something loose and reckless, but at the same time, it’s tight.”

You can listen to the interview and song below.