Robert Trujillo


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Roberto Agustín Miguel Santiago Samuel Trujillo Veracruz (born October 23, 1964) is an American musician and songwriter who is the bassist for American heavy metal band Metallica. He first rose to prominence as the bassist of crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies from 1989 to 1995, while also collaborating with Suicidal Tendencies frontman Mike Muir for funk metal supergroup Infectious Grooves. After leaving Suicidal Tendencies, he played with Cyco Miko, Jerry Cantrell, Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne before joining Metallica in 2003, and is the band's longest-serving bassist. He was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Metallica in 2009.

He grew up in Venice, California and was a standout among other local musicians. He played in a few local bands before joining Suicidal Tendencies in 1989, replacing the band's second bassist Bob Heathcote. His work with Suicidal Tendencies is considered to be outstanding, and he is responsible for adding in funk influences to the band seen prominently on albums Lights...Camera...Revolution! and especially on Art Of Rebellion. He eventually turned bandmate Mike Muir on to funk music, and the two formed Infectious Grooves to play more funk oriented music.

Although at times Trujillo has been known to use a pick, he prefers to use his fingers, like the late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, but unlike Trujillo's predecessor Jason Newsted (who used a pick almost exclusively).

Robert Trujillo became Metallica's current bassist on February 24, 2003 after auditioning for the band and fitting right in with fellow band members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett. The members of Metallica offered him $1 million up front, on top of the percentage he would earn by being in the band. The audition and hiring appear in the film Some Kind of Monster.

Robert collaborated with Benji Webbe of Skindred & Dub War on a project called Mass Mental and released an album in Japan entitled "How to write Love Songs". He was also Jerry Cantrell's bassist for a short period of time.


* Black Label Society
o 1919 Eternal - 2002
o Boozed, Broozed & Broken-Boned (DVD) - 2003
* Jerry Cantrell
o Degradation Trip - 2002
o Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2 - 2002

With Infectious Grooves
- The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move...It's the Infectious Grooves - 1991
- Sarsippius' Ark - 1993
- Groove Family Cyco - 1994
- Mas Borracho - 2000
- Funk It Up – Live in France 1995 (2010)
- Mad Mad Muir Musical Tour (2011)

* Suicidal Tendencies
o Controlled By Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu- 1989 (credited as "Stymee")
o Lights...Camera...Revolution! - 1990
o Art Of Rebellion - 1992
o Still Cyco After All These Years -1993
o Suicidal For Life - 1994
o Prime Cuts: The Best of Suicidal Tendencies - 1997
* Glenn Tipton
o Baptizm of Fire - 1997
* Mass Mental
o How To Write Love Songs - 1999
o Live In Tokyo - 2001
* Ozzy Osbourne
o Down to Earth - 2001
o Blizzard Of Ozz Reissue - 2002
o Diary Of A Madman Reissue - 2002
o Live At Budokan - 2002

With Metallica
- St. Anger (DVD Live Performance Only) - 2003
- Death Magnetic - 2008
- Lulu (with Lou Reed) (2011)
- Beyond Magnetic (EP) (2011)
- Hardwired... to Self-Destruct (2016)
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