METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo spoke to the Los Angeles Daily News about the success of the band’s latest album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, which came out last November.
“The great thing about this whole journey is that, for me, being the new guy after fourteen years, each album sort of takes on its personalty and different experience,” he said. “We’re always on this roller-coaster ride with our fans, but they’re very loyal at the end of the day.
“One thing I can say about METALLICA is that it’s all about taking chances, trying new things and even just stylistically with the music, we just go with the flow and what we’re feeling and play what makes us feel good,” he continued. “We try to have as much fun as possible and sometimes that connects and sometimes it probably doesn’t. But it seems to be working right now, and we’re happy about that. It’s always nice to feel like you’ve been well-received.”
Asked why it took METALLICA so long to release the follow-up to 2008’s “Death Magnetic” disc, Trujillo said: “We toured pretty hard in between. You gotta write the record, record the record. We also made an album with Lou Reed, and that took some time, and then we made a 3D movie called ‘Through The Never’, which also took a couple of years. So it’s not like we took a break for eight years; we definitely were working… On the album itself, we spent a couple of years recording and writing, so it’s not as bad as it seems, but it does take a long time regardless of the different sidebar projects that we did.”
Trujillo added that METALLICA is “having a great time” and “having fun” touring in support of “Hardwired” and revealed that the band is already working on material for possible inclusion on its next effort. “There’s no shortage of creativity, no shortage of ideas or grooves,” he said. “In fact, the other night we came up with about three things in our jam room before we went onstage.”
The North American leg of METALLICA‘s “WorldWired” trek will hit stadiums in eight more cities before ending in mid-August.
The next stop on the tour is Pasadena, California on Saturday, July 29.