Metallica’s legendary bassist Rob Trujillo was the guest of ‘The Vinyl Guide’s Nate Goyer and talked about the current status of Metallica during the Coronavirus outbreak as well as his lovely son.
While recalling the day his son Tye Trujillo played bass with Rob’s ex-band Suicidal Tendencies, he shared the pride he had while he was playing some of his old stuff from the times he was playing with the band.
He also shared the untold story of how he was impressed by Slayer icon Dave Lombardo and admitted that Tye’s playing style and stage stance is looking pretty similar to Suicidal Tendencies bassist Louiche Mayorga.
Here is what Rob told to Nate Goyer:
“My son, he’s a bass player, he’s 15, and he played a show with Suicidal Tendencies recently. For some reason, the bass player had some issues; he’s from Chile, an amazing player.
“So Mike Muir asked Tye if he was gonna do the gig, and it was a big show; it was a big punk festival in San Pedro, it was over 5,000 people there, so he had to learn a large set of music.
And it was really cool to hear him play those songs, very authentic, with a pick – because I never play the songs with a pick, but he was playing that stuff that way. I remember hearing him from the early stages, and I thought that was the coolest thing, you know?
He went in that direction, but he gave it the edge and the attitude that he has, so it just depends on the individual. I found myself playing a four-string more on the older songs. Back in the day, I would never play with a four-string. ‘No, I’m a five-string player,’ you know what I mean? So it depends.”
Rob Trujillo continued his statements by comparing the impression he got from his own son Tye with the legendary Cuban-American drummer and the co-founding member of Slayer, Dave Lombardo.
Here is the rest of his statement:
“The cool thing – now that I think of it, he was playing some of my stuff, that I was playing on a five, he was playing it on a four, so he was just like readjusting to that, but I was more impressed that he was playing the early Suicidal stuff like ‘War Inside My Head’ and all that – ‘Subliminal.’
And he was playing it the way Louiche Mayorga did back in the day, with the pick – same feel. When Dave Lombardo was playing drums, from Slayer, and this is only a few months back – it was awesome, and I was just like, ‘There you go, man.’
It’s so neat when that can happen sometimes, you’re bringing it in its original form I guess you could say, there’s something to be said for that.
But it varies; it’s hard to say what’s right and what’s not right because I understand a player should be their own player, and then sometimes it’s nice where they go with a more authentic approach.”
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