When James Hetfield And Kirk Hammett Realized Rob Trujillo Has Better Guitar Techniques Than Them

Metallica was formed in 1981 by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich after Hetfield answered Ulrich’s advertisement in a newspaper and joined him to jam together. They then recruited Dave Mustaine, however, he was replaced by Kirk Hammett in 1983. In the following years, Metallica enjoyed remarkable commercial success with their albums ‘Master Of Puppets,’ ‘…And Justice For All,’ and ‘The Black Album.’

After their bassist Cliff Burton’s tragic death on September 27, 1986, Metallica began looking for a replacement. Around 40 musicians auditioned for the band, but they decided to hire Jason Newsted. Performing with Metallica for 15 years, Newsted left the band on January 17, 2001. Metallica then began recording their eighth studio album ‘St. Anger.’ After completing the record, they held auditions for a new bassist.

On February 24, 2003, the talented bass player Robert Trujillo joined Metallica two years after Jason Newsted’s departure. He has since been playing with Metallica and he became the band’s longest-serving bassist. Apparently, even his bandmates, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, think that Trujillo’s guitar techniques are better than theirs. Let’s learn more about the incident which helped Hetfield and Hammett to realize Trujillo’s talent.

Robert Trujillo Mesmerized James Hetfield And Kirk Hammett With His Flamenco Playing On An Acoustic Guitar

Trujillo is a finger-style guitar player, however, he sometimes plays his guitar with a pick. He is also known for playing chord-based harmonics on the bass and using the slap bass technique. On top of that, a footage from Metallica’s Death Magnetic DVD shows that Trujillo knows how to play flamenco.

As seen in a video from the Death Magnetic DVD, Robert Trujillo sat with Hetfield in the studio and played a flamenco piece he improvised on an acoustic guitar. He then proceeded to play Metallica’s ‘Flamingo’ in flamenco style. Dazzled with Trujillo’s performance, Hetfield seemed at a loss for words. Following that, Kirk Hammett entered the studio, and James jokingly told him his gig is in jeopardy. 

It seems that Trujillo is not only a fiercely talented bass player but also a successful classical guitarist. Although he seemed quite modest about his secret talent, Trujillo’s bandmates weren’t as they couldn’t hide their astonishment. On a side note, Trujillo actually grew up playing flamenco music, and he is indeed a talented guitar player. Considering Hetfield and Hammett’s reactions, they seemed to realize that Trujillo’s playing techniques are outstanding.

You can check out Robert Trujillo’s playing flamenco in the footage below.