Bassist of Metallica, Robert Trujillo shared some kind words about Cliff Burton the legendary bass player from Metallica. In the article Rob Trujillo says Cliff Burton was a better musician.
Trujillo tells Guitar World, â€œI was playing with Ozzy Osbourne when I auditioned for Metallica in 2002. One of Cliff's closest friends, Mike Bordin of Faith No More, was also in the band. I was staying at Mike's house in San Francisco while I was preparing for the audition, and in the guest room where I was practising, there was a big photo of Cliff on the wall. One night at 2 a.m., I looked up and saw the photo. I spoke to it and promised, 'Cliff, I won't let you down. I'll give it my best shot.' In a strange way, I feel connected to Cliff, as if I knew him.â€
Trujillo has a great reputation as a bassist, but he still shows reverence and humility towards Cliff Burton's contribution to Metallica. He said, â€œCliff was absolutely amazing for Metallica. His ideas, his presence, and the direction he was taking the bass and metal were so special. He was such a physical player with an incredibly confident stage presence. He played what he felt, and that was all that mattered. If you didn't like it, that was just too bad!â€
Trujillo also highlights Burton's musical prowess. â€œNo disrespect to my bandmates, but Cliff was older than the rest of the guys and a better musician in many ways. He was a true musician's musician with a broad range of creative skills. He could play the piano and was familiar with classical music, and was also a fan of Lynyrd Skynyrd. He would even ask Kirk [Hammett] to show him Lynyrd Skynyrd guitar solos so he could play them on bass. This was a unique thing for a bass player to do back then, and I thought it was so cool. Cliff was a force to be reckoned with on many different levels.â€
Cliff Burton appeared on Metallica's first three albums, "Kill 'Em All," "Ride the Lightning," and "Master of Puppets," before his untimely death in a bus crash in Sweden in 1986. Jason Newsted took over as the bassist from 1986 to 2001, and Robert Trujillo officially joined the band in 2003.