Robert Trujillo Sings for First Time in Metallica on Upcoming ’72 Seasons’ Cut

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For the first time ever in Metallica, bassist Robert Trujillo took on the role of singer in one of the band’s upcoming songs.

During a recent interview with So What!, Trujillo was asked a variety of questions about his craft, the band, and the upcoming new Metallica album 72 Seasons. At one point during this conversation, Trujillo ends up revealing that he sang on one of the band’s new songs, which is titled “You Must Burn.” Speaking to that opportunity, Trujillo shares the following:

“When I joined Metallica, I’d never sung in my whole life, so the fact that I can now support a backup vocal is pretty cool. For the first time in my life, I get to sing on a Metallica record [‘You Must Burn’] and support James. I’m very proud of that.”

When asked to comment further on the vocal developments on 72 Seasons, Trujillo shares:

“It’s the first time that James and Greg [Fidelman, producer] had probably ever really trusted me with that position on a recording of this stature. I was surprised when I got the call from Greg because I was coming up to play a little bass, but then he said, ‘I’m going to have you sing on a couple things, too.’ And I was like, ‘Really?’ I got a little nervous.

“At the same time, I was very motivated. Fortunately for me, the part really does suit my comfort zone, so to speak. The vibe and the interesting – I don’t know, I wouldn’t say the ‘quality’ in what I had to offer – but the part lends itself to my personality, to my voice, and it sits and slots in really well with the moment and bass breakdown. So it’s cool that it’s this breakdown that James and I were able to jam on and create, and then I get to sing on it too!”

We are less than a month away from the release of the new Metallica album 72 Seasons and will soon get to hear Trujillo’s vocal debut. And then just a few months after 72 Season‘s release, the band will be touring. Below you can find their upcoming tour dates.

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Upcoming Metallica tour dates in 2023:

  • August 4th and 6th – East Rutherford, NJ – Metlife Stadium
    August 11th and 13th – Montreal, Canada – Stade Olympique
    August 18th and 20th – Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium
    August 25th and 27th – Los Angeles, CA – SOFI Stadium
    September 1st and 3rd – Phoenix, AZ – State Farm Stadium
    November 3rd and 5th – St. Louis, MO – The Dome (At America’s Center)
    November 10th and 12th – Detroit, MI – Ford Field

In 2024:

  • August 2nd and 4th – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
    August 9th and 11th – Chicago, IL – Solider Field
    August 16th and 18th – Minneapolis, MN – US Bank Stadium
    August 23rd and 25th – Edmonton, Canada – Commonwealth Stadium
    August 30th and September 1st – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field