I was honored and humbled that the great Robert Trujillo of Metallica (along with Suicidal Tendencies, infectious Grooves, Ozzy Ozbourne, Jerry Cantrell, Zakk Wylde, and more) called to chat about his presence at Comic Con, and the Documentary he's produced about the late great bass player Jaco Pastorius. I was expecting for him to bail after 5 minutes, and he graciously chatted with me about music for an hour. This was one of my very favorite things I've ever gotten to do since I got my start in radio. Thank you, Robert.
Robert Trujillo talks about comic con and the musicians that caused him to do what he does. He talks about how the bass called to him, and how Jaco Pastoriusdeeply impacted his life.
Robert talks about the labor of love that is the Jaco Pastorius documentary he's producing, and how some jazz musicians resisted the idea of Metallica's bass player making the movie. He makes a VERY interesting point about Jaco's mental problems positively impacting his art.
Robert talks about going from being a jazz, funk, blues, and soul musician to being in Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves, Metallica and more. He tells a great story about Rocky George from Suicidal Tendencies reading jazz charts and playing Wes Montgomery music in a smoking jacket after rocking hardcore shows. he also talks about how the Jaco Pastorius documentary has brought him close to Jazz greats that have professed their love for Metallica.
Robert Talks about the fact that he's worked with lots of artists during the darkest part of their lives. He opens up about working with Zakk Wylde, Jerry Cantrell, Ozzy, and of course Metallica. He plays it down, but it turns out he's been an incredible source of positive energy as well as a great musician. He talks about how he deals with people and solves problems. he also tells a great story about Jerry Cantrell coming to his home to stay sober and flooding his bathroom.
We wrap up. Robert talks about how blessed he is to be close friends with so many musicians he admires, we discover a six degrees of separation situation with our past, and discuss the future, including the Jaco Pastorius movie release and where he's jamming after his comic con panel. (He wouldn't tell.)
If you have an hour free here is the entire unedited interview. Again,this was one of my very favorite things I've ever gotten to do since I got my start in radio. Thank you, Robert.