Watch Robert Trujillo and Les Claypool in Spoof Western Video
Titled Precious Metals, the clip opens with Claypool exploring a desert with a metal detector, only to be shot at by Trujillo after finding “gold.” Instead of a fatal standoff, the pair celebrates the fact that they both possess valuable commodities. They’re then seen taking turns soloing in a funk-bass jam.
The five-minute video, written and codirected by Claypool, can be seen below.
“Presented by EMG Pickups, this Northern California Gold Rush story has a surprise twist you didn't see coming,” the video explanation reads. “Thrills, chills, suspense and a groove that won't quit.”
“I didn’t fit the bill at all,” Claypool admitted in 2015. "I showed up with this bass that was a hunk of driftwood, I had two different-colored tennis shoes on, bleach-blond mohawk, baggies, skater pants – I didn’t fit the bill, especially for Metallica back then. ... [Drummer] Lars [Ulrich] was probably the most enthused about the audition. They were all still pretty messed up about the Cliff Burton thing. But James [Hetfield], you could just tell, was like, ‘Who the hell is this fucking weirdo?’”
Still, Claypool said it was a “fun” experience and that he “enjoyed playing through Cliff’s rig.”