On November 30, 94.9 The Rock's Doug Elliott conducted an interview with METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked how he prepares for METALLICA's live performances, Trujillo said: "For me, what I've been doing lately is I just sort of let the show come to me. Of course, you stretch out, you get ready, you go through your routine. I'm the first one in the jam room, and I'm just basically there kind of reconnecting with the instrument, maybe going over some parts and stuff like that. And then James [Hetfield, METALLICA frontman] is always the second one in, so it's always James and I in there first. And Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer] is the last guy in. Sometimes he waits a while before he goes through his routine and he finally shows up. And then we get the set, 'cause Lars finetunes the set and kind of decides what we would be playing. But with all that, once you hit the stage, you can sort of force it, or you can find your niche and your groove and pace yourself. And rather than just being crazy and aggro and getting tense in throwing that all in there, I like the show to come to me, and then I like to naturally develop it and get in the zone, you know what I mean?"
As previously reported, Ulrich told Canada's iHeartRadio that METALLICA hopes to bring back its Orion Music + More festival during the upcoming tour cycle for its new album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct". Ulrich explained: "We sort of put that on the backburner when we dove into the record. But I think that we're gonna tour for years on this record. We just put most of '17 together, but we'll be out on this baby at least up through '19, would be my guess. So I think we'll try to get another Orion in."
METALLICA staged two editions of the Orion festival, in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 2012 and then on Belle Isle in Detroit in 2013. The latter event drew 40,000 fans over two days to see METALLICA, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, DEFTONES, SILVERSUN PICKUPS and more.
Ulrich added in his interview that the band could look at launching Orion in Europe, Canada or Mexico.
METALLICA will launch a world tour in support of "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" early next year. Ulrich guessed that Orion could come back in 2018 or 2019.
"Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart, selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release.