Metallica re-launched its official web site on Wednesday (October 28) with new content including a free download for fan club members of "'tallica Parking Lot," a guest-filled animated short written and produced by bassist Robert Trujillo.
Trujillo has screened it at several animation festivals, and it even took top honors at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France. Trujillo, who recently helped Jaco, a documentary about famed bassist Jaco Pastorius, tells us that animation is among his many creative passions:
"I love animation. I actually studied animation at UCLA for a little bit. It's another great creative experience in the journey for me...The idea of a 'tallica parking lot has existed with me for a long, long time, but the for me and what it became,...when you see it you'll see there's a theme to it and that came from a dream."
Trujillo's Jaco comes out on home video November 27, along with a companion soundtrack. Metallica is continuing to work on a new album, its long-awaited follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic. The group is also releasing a limited edition (500 copies) 16-disc vinyl box set featuring four complete shows from its 2015 By Request Tour, which is currently available for order at the group's web site.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.