Rob Trujillo, the bassist of Metallica, revealed the three bassists whom he sees as his biggest heroes on a recent interview he gave to Nate Goyer of The Vinyl Guide who defines himself as a 40+ year vinyl collector.
Trujillo talked about the pass players who he appreciates so much and follows in their footsteps during the conversation. He said that the legendary names such as the jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius, Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler, and The O’Jays’ Anthony Jackson have been the masters he looks up to in his musical career.
Metallica legend also talked about listening to the unreleased and extended version of Ozzy Osborne tracks featuring Randy Rhoads and also the feeling he had while playing ‘Bass of Doom.’
Here is what Trujillo said by especially emphasizing his admiration over Jaco Pastorius and the moment he met with Jaco:
“For me, he was one of the biggest influences. I’d have to say – Jaco, Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath, and Anthony Jackson who played bass on [The O’Jays’] ‘For the Love of Money.’
And I ended up meeting him around the time that we were filming for the interviews [for the ‘Jaco’ documentary], and he ended up being really cool, and we stayed in contact, and I always sort of channeled their energy into what I would write for Infectious Grooves.”
“There’s a lot of specific moments where I’m actually pulling directly from the people that I grew up listening to, and Jaco is definitely a huge inspiration for Infectious, absolutely.
A song like ‘Violent & Funky,’ you know, it’s not a fretless bass, but that is absolutely kind of inspiration from him. And the same thing with the song ‘Therapy,’ which featured Ozzy, so it’s all there.”
Rob Trujillo went years back during the interview and he also talked about the times he discovered the music of Jaco Pastorius. He said:
“Well, I discovered Jaco probably… I saw him first play in 1980, ’79, it was at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, it was with Weather Report.
And I just remember when I first saw a picture of him – because I was in a record shop with friends of mine that were into jazz and fusion, we had all these bass players that we were really into, and then I saw that picture of him at the back of [1977’s] ‘Heavy Weather.‘ I was like, ‘What is this guy? He looks so mysterious.'”
You can check on the full interview here.