When did Robert Trujillo join Metallica?

When did Robert Trujillo join Metallica

The story of Metallica began when Lars Ulrich, born in Denmark, traveled to Los Angeles in 1979 and decided to form his band. Lars Ulrich placed an ad in the newspaper looking for band members and shortly afterward James Hetfield applied for the job. In the same year, Lloyd Grant joined the band and Metallica was formed in 1981. So when did Robert Trujillo join Metallica?

Robert Trujillo joined Metallica in 2003. After him, no changes were made to Metallica. Current Metallica band members are James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo.

Current Metallica members
Metallica with Robert Trujillo

What band was Robert Trujillo in before Metallica?

Before joining Metallica, Robert Trujillo was a member of the band Suicidal Tendencies. He played bass for Suicidal Tendencies from 1989 to 1995. Trujillo’s time with Suicidal Tendencies helped establish his reputation as a skilled bassist in the metal and punk rock scenes before he became the bassist for Metallica in 2003, replacing Jason Newsted.

Robert Trujillo with Suicidal Tendencies
Robert Trujillo with Suicidal Tendencies

Has Metallica ever changed members?

Metallica has changed many band members since its formation in 1981, the year it was founded, until 2003. Metallica band members who left Metallica are Dave Mustaine, Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton, John Marshall, and Jason Newsted.

Dave Mustaine

Mustaine was one of the founding members of Metallica and played a crucial role in the band’s early years. He was dismissed from the band in 1983 due to issues with alcoholism, substance abuse, and volatile behavior. After his departure, he went on to form Megadeth, a highly successful and influential thrash metal band.

Ron McGovney

McGovney was Metallica’s original bassist and played with the band from its inception in 1981 until 1982. He left primarily due to musical differences and disagreements over the band’s direction. McGovney was replaced by Cliff Burton.

Cliff Burton

Cliff Burton was Metallica’s iconic bassist from 1982 until his tragic death in a tour bus accident in 1986. His departure was involuntary, and it was due to a tragic accident, not a personal choice.

John Marshall

John Marshall was never an official member of Metallica but served as a temporary rhythm guitarist during James Hetfield’s absence in 1986 when Hetfield was recovering from severe burns sustained in a pyrotechnics accident. Marshall returned to his role as a guitar technician for the band after Hetfield’s recovery.

Jason Newsted

In 2001, Jason Newsted left Metallica for personal and health reasons. The band needed a new bassist. The band had a hard time deciding, but within 2 years the decision was made. Robert Trujillo joined Metallica.

Metallica band members in the 80s
Metallica band members in the 80s

Metallic has changed many band members so far. For 20 years, Robert Trujillo has been a permanent member of the most successful metal band in the world.

We wish Robert and Metallica more successful years.

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