JASON NEWSTED - "It Was The Hardest Thing In My Life To Walk Away From METALLICA"

May 21, 2013, 4 years ago

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Former METALLICA / VOIVOD bassist and NEWSTED frontman Jason Newsted is featured in a new interview with Pop-Break's Bill Bodkin. An excerpt from the discussion is available below:

Pop-Break: I read in your bio that when you reunited with Metallica at their anniversary show, you had a moment where you said “I’ve got to get back to this. I can’t ignore my feelings. How dare I?” Talk about that moment and what it was about jumping on that stage that made you want to return.

Jason Newsted: "It was the hardest thing in my life to walk away from Metallica. It’s in me, always, and I never wanted it to stop. When I got onstage (at the reunion show) the passion in me was restoked and rekindled by the people that originally instilled that fire and passion in me. It was the biggest earthquake that ever shook my heart, my mind."

Pop-Break: You’re taking over lead vocals here. You’ve done vocal work for Metallica before, but was there worry/nerves/excitement about being the lone man behind the microphone?

Jason Newsted: "I love the challenges. I’ve been doing vocals for a longtime, the whole Cookie Monster growl thing. I’ve spent the last eight years developing my voice practicing at The Chophouse. I never thought this would ever happen; I mean I retired at like 37, 38 years old. Then this whole thing happened and there’s a momentum I couldn’t deny. It’s all on me now. It’s like Jordan with the ball with eight seconds left in the game. It’s either you’ll be heralded if you succeed or it’ll be ‘dude what the fuck’ if you miss."

Go to this location for the complete interview.

Newsted kicked off their US tour back in April. Remaining US tour dates are as follows:


22 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East Downstairs
23 - Asbury Park, NJ - The Stone Pony

Visit this location to get access to VIP ticketing packages for all US dates.

VIP packages include:

- one general admission concert ticket
- one meet and greet with Newsted
- one photo opportunity with Newsted
- get one personal item signed by Newsted
- one tour T-shirt
- one commemorative VIP Laminate
- first entry into the venue (where available)
- lines free merchandise shopping (where available)

Check out a video introduction of Newsted's new line-up below:

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