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Metallica’s Robert Trujillo Starts PledgeMusic Campaign for Jaco Pastorius Film

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Metallica’s Robert Trujillo has launched a Pledgemusic campaign to raise funds for his upcoming Jaco Pastorius documentary.

According to his Pledgemusic page, Trujillo is producing the film titled, ‘Jaco: The Movie,’ which will tell the story of the late bass player from the point of view from his family friends and fellow musicians including Flea, Joni Mitchell, Sting, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Geddy Lee, Bootsy Collins and Carlos Santana.

On the site, Trujillo writes, “Jaco has always been a hero of mine and one of the reasons I play bass to this day. This film has been a project of love and passion for me. This amazing film has been four years in the making, and we need your help to get this film across the finish line!”

He added, “Our film tells the story of Jaco Pastorius, a self-taught, larger than life musician who made an undeniable impact on music, and reinvented the electric bass; giving the instrument a powerful dynamic voice that had both edge and beauty.”

In a video on the site, Trujillo offers, “So often creative pioneers are forgotten and misunderstood. Especially bass players. The beauty in what we do is that everything is centered on the groove and you feel that pulse. And that pulse is life. That’s what we do.”

On the Pledgemusic page, there are a variety of items to purchase, including bass lessons with Trujillo, signed DVDs of the film and a replica of Pastorius’ “bass of doom.” All money raised will go to finishing the film, which is aiming for a late 2015 release. To see all the items available click here.

Jaco Pastorius is regarded as one of the most influential electric bass players of all time. He is best known for his work with Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock as well as the jazz fusion band Weather Report. Jaco also released a series of solo albums including his breakthrough 1976 self-titled album.

Pastorius tragically died in 1987 after he fell into a coma following a fight with a club bouncer in Florida at the age of 35.

In other Metallica news the band closed out their run on ‘The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson’ on Friday. During their week long run on the show the band performed ‘Hit the Lights,’ ‘Fuel,’ ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ and ‘Enter Sandman’ before closing with ‘Sad But True’ on the finale. You can watch all Metallica’s late night performances here.

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