Rob Trujillo spoke on Howard Stern’s podcast and discussed the origins of his iconic crab walk dance. Rob stated that it first happened when he saw Black Sabbath perform in Las Vegas. He set the scene as follows: “We simply got into that rhythm. Ozzy suddenly gets in my face, and we start doing this dance like we’re sumo wrestlers. It becomes this physical stance in which we sink lower and lower. Our booties are now a foot off the ground, and we’re doing what I call the crab walk.” Trujillo spoke highly of Ozzy and their genuine friendship: “It’s a performance move I’ve been doing up until now, and I enjoy it.” Kirk and I do it occasionally during ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls.’ So, thank you, Ozzy, for your coordinated brilliance and for assisting me in turning on my stage performance with the crab walk.
That is very kind of you.” Robert and Ozzy initially met when Trujillo was not yet a member of Metallica but was working on Suicidal Tendencies’ side project Infectious Grooves. Ozzy ended up performing the chorus to ‘Therapy,’ a song from their debut album ‘The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move.’ Rob began playing with Ozzy’s band in the late 1990s. In a separate interview, Ozzy spoke about Rob: “Rob has always been one of my closest friends. He’s a brilliant bass player and a great guy; he’s the only one who did things the correct way when it came to moving. If the guys that play with me receive another offer and want to go on, that’s fine; just don’t drop me in the shit, give me time to find a successor. For that, Rob is the one guy who has ever done the right thing by me. “Metallica’s new album ’72 Seasons’ was released in April. You can hear the album below.