Robert Trujillo recently opened up on Metallica’s mindset while performing during the “M72” stadium tour. It was talked about particularly as it relates to the band’s two-day concert run in Arlington, Texas. It was livestreamed to movie theaters across the globe.
In a new interview with 98KUPD’s John Holmberg, he said:
“You’ve gotta have fun,” the Metallica bassist said. “James [Hetfield, Metallica frontman] and I… It’s funny, because prior to the shows in Dallas — these shows were being filmed around the world — and we didn’t wanna get caught up in that and feel like we had to sort of change our mindset because we were gonna be on camera. We said, ‘You know what? It’s all about having fun. Let’s go have fun.’ And those were two of the best shows up to that point — they were the best shows.”
“Even at the second show, on the Sunday night, James actually forgot a whole section of ‘You Must Burn!’, the middle section. And at that moment we’re all kind of looking at each other, like, ‘What’s going on?’ And he caught up to it afterward — in front of everybody on camera. And I just thought that was so cool, because it doesn’t happen much. And for it to happen, and it happened live…”
Trujillo went on to admit that the episode “was a train wreck in my ears” when it happened.
“It was just kind of like we edited this whole piece of it, and then all of a sudden you’re thinking, ‘Did I mess that up? Oh man. Did I black out? Am I alive? Am I gonna wake up and I’m gonna be in bed?'” he explained. “And, like, ‘Whoa.'”
Following Metallica’s performance of “You Must Burn!” in Arlington on August 20, Hetfield acknowledged his mistake, telling the crowd: “I f***ed that one up. Sorry. How unprofessional. I left out a whole part. We’ll do it at the next show.”
Metallica’s two-night stand at AT&T Stadium in Arlington marked the band’s first appearance in Texas since November 2021, when the band played before, during and after a Triad Combat event at Globe Life Field.
The “M72” tour launched in late April in Amsterdam.