The most metal flamenco guitar duo on planet earth, Rodrigo y Gabriela, recently had the honor of being joined onstage by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo during their show at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado on August 17.
Long noted as fans of Metallica, Rodrigo y Gabriela have also stated Metallica has been a huge influence to their style of guitar playing, whether it is their attack, soloing, or rhythm, it is apparent throughout their music. Metallica bassist, and fellow Mexican and friend, Trujillo has sat in with the duo several times over the years, and did so once again at the guitarist’s show in Colorodo, playing a medley of four songs in 15 minutes.
Rodrigo y Gabriela weren’t too secretive about their special guest as they posted a photo on Facebook asking “Can you tell who is on stage with Rod and Gab at soundcheck?”, with Trujillo’s back to the camera.
The fan-shot video above (with part 2 here) really shows just how good the duo are, with Gabriela’s incredible percussive slap-technique and Rodrigo’s masterful soloing, keeping up with Trujillo on classics “Orion”, “For Whom The Bell Tolls”, “Frayed Ends of Sanity”, and ending with “Battery”.
The Red Rocks show was Rod y Gab’s last show for the summer in support of their latest album 9 Dead Alive, but they will be out on the road again in October hitting Florida, Texas, and Illinois, to name a few. Full dates and venues are listed below.
08 - Miami, FL-The Fillmore Miami Beach
09 - Clearwater, FL-Ruth Eckerd Hall
11 - Charleston, SC-Southern Ground Music & Food Festival
12 - Birmingham, AL-Iron City
15 - Houston, TX-Bayou Music Center
16 - Austin, TX-Moody Theater at ACL Live
18 - Grand Prairie, TX-Verizon Wireless Theatre
21 - Indianapolis, IN-Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
22 - Madison, WI-Orpheum Theatre
24 - Chicago, IL-Chicago Theatre
25 - Detroit, MI-The Fillmore Detroit
27 - Burlington, VT-Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
28 - Northampton, MA-Calvin Theatre
29 - Boston, MA-Orpheum Theatre