Robert Trujillo: Ozzy Osbourne Was ‘Completely Out of His Mind’ While Hanging Out in the 90s

Ozzy Osbourne: Jennifer, CC BY 2.0,, Wikimedia Commons / Robert Trujillo: Ralph Arvesen, CC BY 2.0,, Wikimedia Commons
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Robert Trujillo says that while his band Infectious Grooves was in the studio making their debut LP, they were visited multiple times by none other than Ozzy Osbourne.

Well before his days in Metallica, Trujillo played in the Suicidal Tendencies side project for several years. It was during the early ’90s that the band recorded their debut album, The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move… It’s the Infectious Grooves. During a new chat with Metal Hammer, Trujillo talks about what it was like to have the heavy metal legend around while the band was making that record.

Reflecting on the metal icon’s presence in the studio, Trujillo says Osbourne was running around and “completely out of his mind,” and that he would playfully poke fun at the bassist and his bandmates at times.

Speaking about what it was like having Osbourne in the studio and messing with them, Trujillo shares the following:

“We were basically roommates, or studiomates, for a while. Ozzy would be running down the hallway, completely out of his mind doing a lot of stuff back then, I can’t tell you what but pretty much anything. He came into the studio one night and surprised us all and went ‘Uh, hullo’ and we were in the middle of a mix.

“Then suddenly he would never leave – he’d come in and go, ‘Let me hear the song, that’s what I want to play!’ and we’d dance and we’d do all this crazy stuff and he’d go, ‘Have you got any beer?’ No. ‘You got any wine?’ No. ‘You got any pills?’ No. ‘You got any cocaine?’ No, Ozzy! ‘You guys are boring!’”

Years down the road, Osbourne and Trujillo would end up working together; from 1996 to 2003, Trujillo played bass in Osbourne’s band.

Reflecting on what it was like to work with Osbourne, the bassist says:

“I wrote some songs with Ozzy that were really cool but you’d never know, one day he likes the song, and the next day he doesn’t and he doesn’t remember that he liked it, and then six months later he loves it and goes ‘Why didn’t you show me the song before?’ You’re constantly battling with which Ozzy you’re going to get when you’re putting your ideas together, but it was a wonderful experience.”