Je t'écris ces lignes pour que tu saches que je t'écris. Alors, si tu reçois cette lettre c'est qu'elle est bien arrivée. Si tu ne la reçois pas tu me préviens pour que je te la renvoie.
Je t'écris lentement parce que je sais que tu ne lis pas très vite.
L'autre jour, ton père a lu que selon les enquêtes la plupart des accidents arrivent à 1 km de la maison, ainsi nous nous sommes décidés à déménager plus loin.
La maison est superbe ; elle a une machine à laver, mais je ne suis pas sûre qu'elle fonctionne : Hier, j'ai mis le linge dedans, j'ai tiré la chasse et je n'ai plus vu le linge depuis !!!... mais bon...
Le temps ici n'est pas trop mauvais. La semaine dernière il a plu seulement deux fois : la première fois, la pluie a duré 3 jours, la deuxième 4.
A propos de la veste en cuir que tu voulais, ton oncle El Borni m'a dit que si nous te l'envoyions avec les boutons, comme ils sont lourds, ça coûterait plus cher... alors, nous avons enlevé les boutons et te les avons mis dans la poche.
Nous avons enfin enterré ton grand-père ; nous avons trouvé son corps lors du déménagement. : il était dans l'armoire depuis le jour où il a gagné à cache-cache.
Je te raconte que l'autre jour il y a eu une explosion de gaz dans la cuisine, et ton père et moi sommes sortis propulsés dans l'air au dehors de la maison ; quelle émotion ! c'est la première fois que ton père et moi sortons ensemble depuis des années.
Le médecin est venu pour voir si nous allions bien : il m'a mis un tube en verre dans la bouche et m'a dit de la fermer pendant 10 minutes. Je ne sais pas pourquoi, mais ton père lui a proposé de lui racheter le tube.
Puisqu'on parle de ton père, je t'annonce qu'il a enfin du travail et il en est très fier ! Il a sous lui à peu près 5000 personnes : ils l'ont embauché pour repeindre les tombes au cimetière du Jalléze.
Ta soeur Massouda, celle qui s'est mariée avec son mari, elle a enfin mis au monde son bébé, mais on ne sait pas encore quel sexe il a, je ne saurais donc pas te dire si tu es oncle ou tante. Si c'est une fille, ta soeur va l'appeler comme moi. Ce sera étrange d'appeler sa fille "maman".
Ton père a demandé à ton autre soeur Mahbouba si elle est enceinte, elle lui a dit que oui, de 5 mois déjà ; mais là, ton père a demandé si elle était sûre qu'il était bien d'elle. Mahbouba lui a dit que oui.
Quelle fille solide, quelle fierté. Tel père telle fille !
Ton cousin Touhémi s'est marié il y a 2 ans... il pense divorcer parce que sa femme restera toujours vierge.
Par contre, on n'a plus revu ton oncle Khmayes, celui qui est mort l'année dernière.
Ton chien N'touna nous inquiète, il continue à poursuivre les voitures à l'arrêt.
Mais ton frère Mansour c'est pire. Il a fermé la voiture et il a laissé les clefs à l'intérieur. Il a dû aller chez lui chercher le double pour pouvoir nous sortir tous de là.
Bon, mon fils, je ne t'écris pas l'adresse sur la lettre, je ne la connais pas.
En fait la dernière famille qui a habité ici est partie avec les numéros pour les remettre dans leur nouveau domicile.
Si tu voies Souad, passe lui le bonjour. Si tu ne la voies pas, ne lui dis rien.
Ta mère qui t'adore
P.S. J'allais te mettre quelques sous, mais j'ai déjà fermé l'enveloppe !
Born: October 23, 1964 From: Santa Monica, California Personal: Married, 2 Children Instrument: Bass, Background Vocals Vitals: Brown eyes, dark hair, 5'9"/1.75 meters tall He's got rhythm, and he's most certainly got music. Now Robert Trujillo's also got the job of being Metallica's new bassist and family member...one that will doubtless fit this most righteous and cheerful of Southern Californians like a glove.
Although he sometimes does use a pick, Trujillo is best known as a baaaad motherplucker, a finger-playin' bass monster who's dexterity, tones and attitude have seen him grace the bass of Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves and Ozzy Osbourne's band since his first professional work with Suicidal in 1989. It all stems back to a childhood filled with variety and spice.
Growing up in Venice Beach "Dog Town", Trujillo heard everything, from Led Zeppelin to Motown with a chunk of funk in between. Joined with a young love of surfing, Trujillo developed a rhythm and a vibe that saw him play with a variety of local bands through his early 20s until he met Mike Muir of Suicidal Tendencies via his High School buddy, Suicidal guitarist Rocky George. the two got on infamously well, and thus began a rich and fruitful relationship which saw Rob establish himself as one of the most exciting bass talents in the rock world.
In the early '90s, he and Muir formed the experimental funk-rockers Infectious Grooves, and then in the mid-'90s Trujillo joined up with Ozzy Osbourne. Together with drummer Mike Bordin, Trujillo formed one of rock music's most soild and reliable rhythm units.
Rob's name first floated by the Metallicamp during Suicidal's supporting role on the Summer Shed tour of '94, when all the band noted his enthusiastic style and performances. Thus when it was time to consider who could step up and take the bass full-time in Metallica, Rob's name was an obvious choice.
By all accounts, Trujillo's audition dared the band NOT to give him the job, and even producer Bob Rock was heard saying how complete and unequivocally whole the band sounded with Rob playing.
And so it was that on Thursday, February 24th 2003, Robert Trujillo walked in to the HQ and saw Ulrich, Hammett and Hetfield immediately start applauding him. Again, Rob is the perfect fit, a calm, even-keeled man with experience and full bass props...and genuinely one of the nicest guys around. It all adds up to the 4th member, an equal part of the Metallica family and an exciting new stage in Metallihistory.
Born: November 18, 1962 From: San Francisco Personal: Married, 1 child Instrument: Guitar, background vocals Vitals: Brown eyes, brown hair, 5'8"/1.75 meters tall Kirk Hammett, never without a grin or a curious thought, is the true Bay Area band-member. Born in San Francisco, and raised in the East Bay town of El Sobrante, he gained an interest in music from his brother Rick's extensive record collection, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and UFO. It all led to him properly picking up the guitar when he was 15, his first being a wholly unglamorous Montgomery Ward catalog special accompanied by a shoe box with 4 inch speaker for an amp.
After picking up a 1978 Fender Stratocaster, Kirk experimented by mixing and matching guitar parts to find his perfect sound before falling for a 1974 Gibson Flying V. In a determined (and successful) effort to upgrade his equipment, Kirk even took a shift at Burger King to get the cash together for his first Marshall amp. Around that time, Kirk also co-founded Exodus with Paul Baloff, and the East Bay thrashers crossed paths with Metallica twice, in late '82 and early '83, as a support act.
In April 1983, Kirk received a phone call from Metallica in New York. They were in the process of firing guitarist Dave Mustaine and wanted Kirk to fly out and audition. Kirk got the money together for the flight, left California for the first time and arrived in the late afternoon to find three guys who were still waking up. Immediately he, and they, knew the fit was right despite the fact nobody ever formally invited him to join.
A keen student of his instrument even today, Hammett followed his first 'Kill 'Em All' tour by taking lessons from Joe Satriani, and embarked upon a passage of guitar self-education that took in jazz, blues and classical styles. Indeed, education has always been Kirk's answer to potential burnout. After the marathon 'Black' album tour ended in 1993, he immediately went to the City College of San Francisco where he took classes, something he credits as the reason behind his reinvention as a guitarist on the 'Load' and 'Re-load' albums.
Kirk continues to bring not only a dazzling array of lead guitar parts to Metallica's music but also some savage rifferey, having started sharing 6-string duties with James during the 'Load' era. He is happily married to Lani, and lives in San Francisco along with a large collection of old Hollywood movie memorabilia, his two dogs Darla and Hoku, plus cats.......Oh, and for the record, Kirk plays his guitar at least 361 days a year.
Born: December 26, 1963 From: Gentofte, Denmark Personal: 3 Children Instrument: Drums Vitals: Green eyes, blonde/brown hair, 5'7"/1.7 meters tall
The oft-seen and heard dynamo of Metallica, when it comes to arranging all matters from songs to business, Lars is always at the epicenter. Indeed, constant activity has been a hallmark of Ulrich's life. As a child he saw his father Torben run a small jazz club in Copenhagen (sax player Dexter Gordon is Lars' Godfather) before following the family on the professional tennis circuit where Torben became an established figure.
Lars was nearly 10 when the sounds of Richie Blackmore and Deep Purple blew his little socks off at one of the first gigs he ever attended. It began a theme which has been recurrent in his life -obsession with a band- and having bought the 'Fireball' album, he began a Deep Purple love affair which continues to this day. At 13 his grandmother bought him his first drum kit, yet percussion vyed with tennis for priority. When the family moved to Newport Beach, CA in the late '70's, the seeds of priority scattered themselves in his field: girls, rock'n'roll and the occasional funny cigarette were all keys in turning Lars from the wooden raquet to full metal racket. He got so excited about metal music that he jammed a bit with a young lad called James Hetfield before taking a teenage trip to England during June of 1981 to see his newly beloved Diamond Head. He thus managed to finagle living with them for a while before returning to So Cal and the tape-trading he enjoyed with the likes of Metal Blade Records Brian Slagel.
Slagel was looking for bands to record cuts for an album he would release on the label (their first release). Lars got a slot but had no band. Remembering the less-than-awesome yet energetic jams with young Hetfield, Lars called him up and told him about the album. James listened. And thus was Metallica conceived.
These days, some 80-odd million albums worldwide later, Metallica might have undergone enormous collective and individual changes, but the essence of Ulrich remains. He is at once a loyal, attentive and determined person, one who locks in for the long-haul and one who's skin can achieve great thickness. He's also, in recent years, become even more comfortable saying exactly what he believes in regardless of the consequences (as evidenced by his willingness to be the band spokesperson on the Napster issue).
Music now shares the front seat with Lars' three sons Myles, Layne, and Bryce as well as his thriving interests in art and film. Busy? Of course. But would Lars have it any other way? The proof is there for all to see