In a recent interview for Metal Hammer, Metallica‘s iconic bassist Robert Trujillo talked about the previous problems James Hetfield struggled with, and also mentioned about his current status after rehab.

As you might remember, the heavy metal legend Metallica’s frontman James Hetfield has been dealing with his alcohol addiction for a while now. During the recording process of the band’s eighth studio album, ‘St. Anger,’ James entered rehabilitation for his alcohol problem mainly caused by family issues.

Even though he had been doing well for a while, last year James’ problems emerged once again and Metallica canceled their tour so he could go rehab. Fortunately, James’ on and off struggle with alcoholism seemed to be getting better these days.

During a recent conversation with Metal Hammer magazine, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo revealed the details of James’ current status after leaving the rehabilitation center and stated:

“It seemed like James was walking a tightrope, on thin ice – he seemed very guarded and he had a lot of things going on in his personal life. Everything was according to a schedule.

Now it just seems like he’s got his juju back. He’s sober of course but he’s got that Hetfield attitude that’s confident and powerful and creative, but he’s also very inspired by ideas that I’ll have.”

Additionally, Rob was asked about what he felt about not performing on ‘St. Anger’ as it was released in the same year he joined Metallica.

Here is what he said:

“I wasn’t thinking about new riffs, it was the catalog. Learning how to play ‘Phantom Lord,’ I didn’t actually get my headspace into writing mode until the third or fourth year in the band when we started ‘Death Magnetic.’

I wanted to see how the guys worked together and it was like going to Metallica school, the writing world of Metallica. Every day I was there with them and those guys would just go at it and I was like a mediator.

The things I did come up with are in the album. I wanted to see how the creative machine behind Metallica works, and it is a relief to get through that phase of the journey with them.”

Click here to read the entire interview with Rob Trujillo.