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ROBERT TRUJILLO RECALLS BEING INSULTED BY JAMES HETFIELD

During an appearance on The Ex Man With Doc Coyle, Metallica‘s Robert Trujillo recalled being insulted by James Hetfield. A few years back, the bend was on tour and Hetfield got annoyed with him during rehearsals because he wasn’t “jamming through it with full intensity.”

He explained, “I’ve always been in situations in my groups where there were those moments where things get heated and you’re bumping heads. It happens in Metallica. There’s been a couple of times, even with James.”

He continued, “I remember one time a few years ago — about three years ago — in Italy. Poor guy, he got stung by a bee in his face, I think it was. I don’t think he’s allergic, but there was poison oak going on. So your face is hurtin’, your body’s itchin’. You’re out there on the road. It’s raining. And one of the songs — like ‘Memory Remains’ or something… And we’re going on stage very soon and things are running late. And we’re playing ‘Memory Remains’ in the tuning room, and I’m just kind of jamming through it, but I’m not really jamming through it with full intensity; I’m just kind of ghosting it a little bit. And he’s, like, ‘You know the song?’ And this is a song we’ve played thousands of times. And I was insulted, because this is one of the easiest songs we play, and you’re asking me if I know the song. So I’m just kind of, like, ‘Yeah, I know the f*cking s…'”

Robert went on, “I blew a fuse for a second. And then I felt horrible, and he felt horrible. And then we realized, I think, that I’m tripping on the load that I have on my shoulders over here; he’s tripping on this and this and probably… I mean, I get it, man — I’ve had poison oak; I’ve had bee stings before, and it ain’t fun. And you’re out there and you’re trying to be the best you can. So, rather than throwing your instruments down and coming to blows or anything like that, you work it out — you kind of calm yourself and you realize what’s going on.”

BOB DYLAN ASSOCIATE, BOB NEUWIRTH DEAD AT 82

Longtime Bob Dylan associate and folk singer Bob Neuwirth died on May 18th in Santa Monica, California at age 82, according to Rolling Stone. Neuwirth, who made his bones in the early-’60s Cambridge, Massachusetts folk scene became a constant companion and foil for Bob Dylan in the years leading up to his 1966 motorcycle crash. He claimed he was uncredited for contributing to Dylan’s 1965 “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” having reportedly written the legendary opening line, “When you’re lost in the rain in Juarez, and it’s Easter time too.

Bob Neuwirth, whose body is featured on the cover of Dylan’s 1965 Highway 61 Revisited album, appeared in 1967’s Don’t Look Back documentary — and toured with Dylan as part of the 1975/’76 Rolling Thunder Revue. He’s also feature prominently in the docu-drama of the tour, 1977’s Renaldo & Clara.

He was an early supporter of Patti Smith, co-wrote “Mercedes Benz:” with Janis Joplin, and introduced her to her signature hit, a cover of Kris Kristofferson‘s “Me And Bobby McGee.”

Neuwirth’s family issued a statement, which read:

On Wednesday evening in Santa Monica, Bob Neuwirth’s big heart gave out. He was 82 years old and would have been 83 in June. Bob was an artist throughout every cell of his body and he loved to encourage others to make art themselves. He was a painter, songwriter, producer and recording artist whose body of work is loved and respected.

For over 60 years, Bob was at the epicenter of cultural moments from Woodstock, to Paris, Don’t Look Back to Monterey Pop, Rolling Thunder to Nashville and Havana. He was a generous instigator who often produced and made things happen anonymously. The art is what mattered to him, not the credit. He was an artist, a mentor and a supporter to many.

FLEA REVEALS HE STILL TAKES MUSIC LESSONS

Flea revealed he still takes music lessons. The legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist spoke to Bass Player magazine and explained how he looks back at the band’s past and his individual musicianship: “I’m always discovering things, y’know, and trying to develop. I like to think that the best parts of myself back then, I’ve kept, and that I’ve gotten rid of the bits that I don’t need. I’ll try to add more essential parts and I’ll get better.”

He went on to say, “Y’know, I really want to be a good jazz bass player — that’s something I really want to do, whenever I get the time. I was studying with someone for a little while, around the time I finished tracking on the last Chili Peppers album. I was studying jazz with this girl whose husband plays saxophone on our record, just working on trying to play through changes on walking bass, because upright bass is the most comforting sound to me. I remember when we were tracking Californication, we were all sitting around the studio lounge, and John (Frusciante) was asking everybody in the room, ‘What’s the real comfort music that you put on and it’s like breathing?’ I realized that for me, it’s jazz, mostly because I liked it when I was a kid.”

Fleas shed light on how he maintains his bass chops: “When we’re on tour, I’m playing so much. We’re playing gigs all the time, and I play scales for an hour before every show. Something about the Chili Peppers is that never for a second have we ever taken the audience for granted, or thought ‘We’ll just go out and play the hits.’ I always take every show as a sacred moment, as part of a mission of being alive. So I keep my chops up. I’m ready. I’m ready!”

Guitarist John Frusciante told us a while back that Flea literally lives and breathes music: “Flea’s been practicing the bass more than I’ve ever seen him practice it in my life. In his whole life he’s never learned songs by people and lately he’s been learning Joy Division songs, and David Bowie songs, and Beatles songs on the piano.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers next perform on June 4th in Seville, Spain at Estadio La Cartuja De Sevilla.

UPDATED: Red Hot Chili Peppers North American dates tour dates (subject to change):

July 23 – Denver, CO – Empower Field at Mile High (with HAIM and Thundercat)
July 27 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park (with HAIM and Thundercat)
July 29 – Santa Clara, CA – Levi’s Stadium (with Beck and Thundercat)
July 31 – Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium (with Beck and Thundercat)
August 3 – Seattle, WA – T-Mobile Park (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
August 6 – Las Vegas, NV – Allegiant Stadium (with The Strokes and King Princess)
August 10 – Atlanta, GA – Truist Park (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
August 12 – Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
August 14 – Detroit, MI – Comerica Park (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
August 17 – E. Rutherford, NJ – Metlife Stadium (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
August 19 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
August 21 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
August 30 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
September 1 – Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Stadium (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
September 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
September 8 – Washington, DC – Nationals Park (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
September 10 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park (with St. Vincent and Thundercat)
September 15 – Orlando, FL – Camping World Stadium (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
September 18 – Arlington, TX – Globe Life Field (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
September 25 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival
October 7, 8, 9 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival – RHCP performance date TBA
October 14, 15, 16 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival – RHCP performance date TBA

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