Bassist Robert Trujillo admitted Metallica was rusty before starting rehearsals for last summer’s “Encore Drive-In Nights” concert broadcast. Trujillo spoke to the band’s official So What! magazine, and explained where he was physically after having so much time off due to the pandemic: “I’d say mid-July, we received a text that said we were moving forward with the gig. . . At that point, I was like, ‘Man, I’m rusty, the rust has definitely settled.’ In the house, I’m downstairs and I hear (son) Tye playing every day, and then all of a sudden it kind of dawned on me that wow, I haven’t even been playing bass so much.”

He went on to say, “So when this gig opportunity came, it forced me to get back on the bass and start hammering out the songs. Then you realize how those muscles and those tendons in your arms, and even up to your shoulder, they’re not active. Along with the calluses! Y’know, bass strings are big and fat, man, and they hurt. It hurts when you haven’t been playing in a while.”

Trujillo revealed: “I asked James (Hetfield) after the first or second day of rehearsal, how do your fingers feel? He goes, ‘Sore, totally sore.’ So it wasn’t even just me, y’know? I was like, ‘OK, good, it’s not just me.”

SIDE NOTES

Metallica will perform on November 13th at the second “Within My Hands Helping Hands Concert and Auction” live on November 14th. The special acoustic show will stream live from Metallica HQ and will benefit the all Within My Hands foundation.

CHECK IT OUT: The trailer to “Encore Drive-In Nights Presents Metallica: On Screens August 29, 2020”: