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Metallica’s Robert Trujillo Recalls His Favorite Lemmy Kilmister Story

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Christopher Polk / Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Metallica‘s Robert Trujillo spoke with Loudwire Nights host Toni Gonzalez about the band’s new album and a lot more. In this portion of the interview, Trujillo was asked about Metallica’s new song “Murder One,” which was written as a tribute to late Motorhead icon Lemmy Kilmister. While discussing the song and the influence Lemmy had on him, Trujillo shared one crazy tale when recalling his favorite Lemmy story. Check it out below:

“Murder One” is a tribute to the late great Lemmy Kilmister, name checking numerous Motorhead song titles. You recently shared a pic of yourself, Lemmy and Joni Mitchell on Twitter. Did he influence you as a bassist and perhaps if it’s not too personal you can share a favorite Lemmy memory with us?

Lemmy is, I think, for anybody in the world of rock ‘n’ roll, you don’t have to be a bass player, he is a pioneer and he was true to his music and also the lover of a lot of different styles of music. Lemmy, he really loved blues and he was very, very intelligent. Lemmy wrote some great songs with Ozzy [Osbourne], actually. “Mama I’m Coming Home” is one song that I think is incredible. One of his best songs ever written. Lemmy wrote the lyrics to that. This man is just, completely amazing.

His bass sound is so unique and he was so loud and the edge and the presence — when I say edge I mean the distortion and just the fire that was coming out of his instrument was a huge influence on all of us. I actually grew a lot closer to him in his final years. I had done a animated intro called ‘Tallica Parking Lot and Lemmy was a part of that. I remember we were driving to down to do the voice overs for it and the stories and everything he was sharing with me and telling me were completely amazing. Rest in peace because he’s so awesome.

That moment that you see in that photo with Joni Mitchell was amazing because I was at the House of Blues in Hollywood and there was kind of a tribute show to John Entwistle and Keith Moon of The Who and a bunch of us were there. I had invited Joni Mitchell because we’re friends. I didn’t think she was going to show up. So I’m out there in front of the House of Blues on this bench sitting with Lemmy and he’s doing what he does, smoking a cigarette and then I see Joni. Joni comes over, sits next to me, “Hi Robert!” and of course I introduce them.

This is interesting, I have two of the most iconic rock ‘n’ roll heroes next to me, hands down that are true to their art and they’re both chainsmokers. I’m sitting in between them and I’m like, “Uh, Joni, I’d like to introduce you to my friend Lemmy.” She goes, “Oh, hi Lemmy!” And he looks at her almost like Clint Eastwood — taking a drag on the cigarette, exhales this mass of smoke, she does the same thing. He looks over and he’s like, “Joni, what fucking chords were you playing on ‘Court and Spark’?” It was like, he’s a fan of Joni Mitchell and it was just incredible. Suddenly, they get into this discussion of chords and guitar technique and tuning. I’m sitting in the middle inhaling enormous amounts of smoke from Joni Mitchell and Lemmy from Motorhead and I’m just going, “This is heaven. I couldn’t be in a better place right now. I don’t smoke, but right now I’m inhaling magic.”

Thanks to Robert Trujillo for the interview. Grab your copy of Metallica’s ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ at the band’s webstore and find out where you can hear Loudwire Nights right here.

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