Rhythm clearly runs in Robert Trujillo's family. On October 5th, Tye Trujillo, the 15-year-old-son of the Metallica bassist, stepped onstage at the SoCal Hoedown in San Pedro, California, to perform bass with his father's old band Suicidal Tendencies. And it ruled.
"It's been 30 years since Robert Trujillo joined ST ... An amazing bass player, incredible person, and of course also co-founder of Infectious Grooves," Suicidal Tendencies posted on Facebook earlier today (October 7th). "That was the STart of a lot of great shows, moments, memories and helping take ST to another level!"
They go on to note how "history repeats itself" while introducing the temporary fill-in for bassist Ra Diaz, calling Tye a "bad ass" and noting how proud they all were to be up there with the teen.
The video above shows the younger Trujillo rocking out with the nearly four-decade-old group, banging his already long hair while the rest of his onstage partners rally the crowd into a frenzy. His precocious skills can be heard in the bottom-heavy crossover thrash while singer Mike "Cyco" Muir holds his hand over him in obvious praise.
The band also relays a funny little story in the post, saying they warned Tye to "watch out for Ben [Weinman, formerly of Dillinger Escape Plan]" but instead, Cyco ended up knocking the kid over onstage. Luckily he stood back up uninjured, and continued shredding with a smile on his face.
Metallica posted the video of Tye onstage, writing: "Like father, like son!! So proud of Rob's son Tye for bringing it full circle and throwing down with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES last weekend!"
Former Slayer/current Suicidal drummer Dave Lombardo tweeted, "Incredible show (as always) with @OFFICIALSTIG last night. Also, I can officially say I have shared the stage with both father and son...@RobertTrujillo & @Tye_Trujillo. Tye, you kicked ass last night. Looking forward to watching and listening to what your future holds."
Incredible show (as always) with @OFFICIALSTIG last night. Also, I can officially say I have shared the stage with both father and son... @RobertTrujillo & @Tye_Trujillo. Tye, you kicked ass last night. Looking forward to watching and listening to what your future holds. pic.twitter.com/fImYPNgmla— Dave Lombardo (@TheDaveLombardo) October 7, 2019
This isn't Tye's first brush with performing at a rock-star level — watch the short documentary below that features an even younger 12-year old Tye filling in on bass for nu-metal legends Korn a few short years ago.