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Metallica’s Robert Trujillo reflects on 20th anniversary of joining the band

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Robert Trujillo has officially spent two decades in Metallica.

The bassist first joined the metal legends on February 24, 2003. In an Instagram post marking the milestone, Trujillo writes, “Crazy to think it’s been 20 incredible years since James [Hetfield] picked me up from Oakland Airport with Lars [Ulrich] and Kirk [Hammett] as passengers in his big white truck.”

“That night changed my life forever,” Trujillo continues. “Much Love to Lars, James, and Kirk and to the best frikin fans on the planet for the respect, love and support you’ve given me, I can’t wait to take the stage again with my brothers very soon!”

Trujillo is Metallica’s fourth official bass player, following original bassist Ron McGovney, the late Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted. His process of joining the band was memorably featured in the 2004 ‘Tallica documentary, Some Kind of Monster.

Metallica has released two albums with Trujillo — 2008’s Death Magnetic and 2016’s Hardwired…to Self-Destruct. A third, 72 Seasons, arrives on April 14.

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