Rob Trujillo Cliff Burton Tribute:
Metallica Bassist Rob Trujillo honored the late great Cliff Burton by playing “(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” during a recent show in Austin TX.
The masterpiece bass solo written by Cliff Burton was composed of a compilation of different solos Cliff Burton had done live and pieced together as a complete bass solo on the 1983 album “Kill ‘Em All”.
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” is a showcase of Burton’s soloing, composition and arrangement skills, as well as his influences which include Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath and Geddy Lee of Rush.
The first 2:34 of the song is solely Burton’s one of a kind bass. At 2:34 he is then accompanied by drummer Lars Ulrich.
The track is highly regarded as one of the best heavy metal solos of all time.
To announce the Rob Trujillo Cliff Burton Tribute: Metallica frontman James Hetfield shouted to the Austin City Limits Festival crowd… “Mr. Robert Tujillo! And the spirit of Mr. Clifford Lee Burton!”
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” is what Cliff was playing when James and Lars first saw him perform live with his old band Trauma.
James had more to say about this encounter: “We heard this wild solo going on and thought, ‘I don’t see any guitar player up there.’ We were both counting the strings and I finally turned to Lars and said, ‘Dude, that’s a bass!’ “Cliff was up there on stage with his band Trauma with a wah-wah pedal and his huge mop of red hair. He didn’t care whether people were there. He was looking down at his bass, playing.”
Check Out The Rob Trujillo Cliff Burton Tribute Below
Metallica’s Rob Trujillo plays (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth, Live at The ACL Austin, TX
Metallica have come a long way from the horrid days of replacement bassist bashing following the tragic death of Burton. We’re sure Cliff is looking down and applauding his former bandmates newfound approach to grieving.