Robert Trujillo joined Metallica in 2003, instead of bassist Jason Newsted. Speaking in an interview made by Metal XS, Trujillo told about the first time he joined the band. He talked on a few things that bothers him. He said:
“When I joined the band in 2003, that was the first thing I noticed. And I was always the person that was hiding from the cameras and not comfortable with that.
The world of Metallica, it’s fairly transparent, and people do see a lot more than with other bands. I think that’s good for Metallica – to be able to open those doors and have people feel comfortable with us is a very cool thing. But sometimes, I feel people get so comfortable with us that they think they can dictate what we’re supposed to do.
I made a documentary about Jaco Pastorius, who was my favorite bass player growing up. It took me six years, every single day, it was the most difficult creative thing I ever did in my life – I’m very proud of it.”
He explained how they supported each other as members of Metallica. He said:
“If James is designing custom cars, I support him; I’m like, ‘Yeah!’ I check out what he’s doing, I’m fascinated, he’s great at it. When Kirk’s involved with his horror collection and festival, which is really cool, we support each other.
But sometimes, it’s true, the fans get upset. They were mad we made an album with Lou Reed. At the end of the day, it’s creative freedom, it’s important to us. Metallica’s important to us, but at the same time, we have our lives and we have to let that energy and passion out. Passion’s important.“
You can watch the entire interview from here.