Tuesday, October 23: Tig's Rock Birthdays

Bassist Robert Trujillo and singer/guitarist James Hetfield of Metallica. Photo credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Happy Birthday today (Oct. 23) to Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo. He’s 54.

Robert Trujillo is the current bassist for Metallica. He joined the band in 2003 as a permanent replacement for Jason Newsted. Trujillo also played in trash metal band Suicidal Tendencies and funk metal band Infectious Grooves, along with Black Label Society, Jerry Cantrel of Alice In Chains, and Ozzy Osbourne.

Robert Trujillo's first appearance on a Metallica album would be on the band's 2008 release Death Magnetic. The album was Metallica’s fifth consecutive album to debut at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making them the first band ever to do so. Trujillo and Metallica were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Jason Newsted (who had left the band in 2001) performed with the band at the ceremony. Trujillo agreed not to play at the ceremony, although he did appear on stage with Newsted during the band’s set for performances of “Master of Puppets” and “Enter Sandman”. Metallica released their tenth studio album, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct in 2016. Metallica will play Times Union Center in Albany, NY coming up on Monday, Oct. 29. Cheers to Robert Trujillo on his birthday today!

Photo credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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