Jason Newsted
American musician
Jason Newsted
Jason Curtis Newsted is an American metal bassist known for his work with Metallica, Voivod and Flotsam and Jetsam. Joining Metallica in 1986 after Cliff Burton's death, Newsted remained a member until 2001, making him the band's longest-serving bassist. After he left Metallica, he continued with his project Echobrain, played with Ozzy Osbourne and joined heavy metal band Voivod.
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Metallica star beats addiction
Byron Shire News - over 3 years
FORMER Metallica star Jason Newsted has paid tribute to his wife’s support through the "ugliest and weakest’’ time of his life.     
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Metallica, Megadeth Frontmen Address “Super Group” Talk
Gun Shy Assassin - almost 5 years
Dave Mustaine Metallica frontman James Hetfield has addressed speculation about a possible collaboration between his band and members of Megadeth. He addressed it by calling it “crazy” spouted by crazy Christian Dave Mustaine — who is still butthurt about not being in Metallica anymore. Mustaine had said somewhere something about him starting some supergroup with Dave Ellefson, Hetfield, and Lars “The Hater” Ulrich. “Yeah, that was just me talking. I don’t think [James and Lars are] interested in doing that. It would be cool, and I’ve mentioned it to them before. I just think that they’re so busy that they don’t have time to do something like that.” He continued: “Don’t kid yourself, if we got together and played, I imagine it would be really cool. It wouldn’t be anything like Megadeth, of course, and it wouldn’t be anything like Metallica. But we’ll see what happens. Maybe with enough people asking them, they’ll buckle.” Hetfield says in a new interview that Dave Mustaine sm ...
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Metallica Reunite With Bassist Jason Newsted at 30th Anniversary Kickoff
Rolling Stone - about 5 years
Metallica fans came from all over the world – representing such far-flung locales as Finland and Chile – for a six-hour celebration at the Fillmore in San Francsico on Monday night honoring the band's 30th anniversary The event featured several musical tributes and special guests including an appearance by former...
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Hicks: Jason Newsted back in the musical saddle
Contra Costa Times - over 5 years
Ex-Metallica star revives Papa Wheelie
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'Enter Night: A Biography of Metallica' Is Some Kind of Monster - PopMatters
Google News - over 5 years
Then came Cliff Burton, rapidly replaced by Jason Newsted, a Metallica fan from Battle Creek, Michigan. Newsted was treated like shit by the rest of the band who, deeply in shock over Cliff's death, were hardly prepared to audition replacements
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Happy Birthday, Gilby Clarke! - Broward-Palm Beach New Times (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Let's not forget, he formed a supergroup with Tommy Lee and Metallica's Jason Newsted for a reality game show, Rockstar Supernova. Let's celebrate one rock 'n' roll's hardest-working, least showboaty, and perfect-haired ax men by watching him rock
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Metallica's Big Break (A Top Story) - antiMUSIC.com
Google News - over 5 years
Part 3 of the VideoCast also includes the story behind Jason Newsted joining Metallica and Jon Sutherland's involvement along with some riveting stories about the early years of Metallica's Lars Ulrich. - Check em out here
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Metallica: 20th Anniversary Of The 'Black Album' - Geeks of Doom
Google News - over 5 years
It's somewhat of a shame that bassist Jason Newsted doesn't more space on the album, but his performance is still faultless. The Black Album opened the doors for a much wider audience and introduced people who were not so inclined before to start
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Rockstar Supernova Vocalist Lukas Rossi On The Cover Of RockStar Weekly - RockStar Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
Rossi talks about his time with the supergroup, which also featured Tommy Lee, Jason Newsted and Gilby Clarke, as well as his move from Los Angeles to Nashville. "Part of the reason why I left LA is, I don't know, I just think that it's blown out of
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12 Days of METALLICA - "My Friend of Misery" (Live, Jason Newsted bass Jam 1992) - Kik Axe Music and Entertainment
Google News - over 5 years
The eleventh song on METALLICA's self-titled BLACK ALBUM was a moody epic driven by the basswork of Jason Newsted. My Friend of Misery was never a single, but was a live staple, often performed in pieces. If it was sped up a few notches, it could have
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12 Days of METALLICA - "Of Wolf and Man" (Live | Netherlands '92) - Kik Axe Music and Entertainment
Google News - over 5 years
... running through the new day's mist while enjoying some of that moonlit glow. Below the jump you can view METALLICA performing Of Wolf and Man, complete with howls by then-bassist Jason Newsted (possibly a real werewolf) - live in the Netherlands, 1992
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Five Finger Death Punch Videos - Artistdirect.com
Google News - over 5 years
It was Jason Newsted's first tour ever. I remember the whole brick wall that they had behind them with the statue that came out over Lars Ulrich. Iron Maiden's Powerslave tour was my first concert ever. The first time I experienced Rammstein was
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Novo CD de Beyoncé é destaque entre lançamentos - R7
Google News - over 5 years
O projeto mostra a parceria entre os ícones Ian Gillan (cantor do Depp Purple), Tony Iommi (guitarrista do Black Sabbath e Heaven e Hell), Jason Newsted (ex-baixista do Metallica), Jon Lord (ex-tecladista do Deep Purple), Nicko McBrain (baterista do
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Especial sobre Cliff Burton: visitando el lugar en el que murió el legendario ... - Tanaka Music
Google News - over 5 years
Jason Newsted entró para suplirlo, pero siempre llevó a sus espaldas el lastre de ser el bajista que sustituyó a Cliff en Metallica, quien era endiosado por su público, e incluso muchas veces Jason fue no aceptado por los fans
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Nu: "Slutet är här" - Göteborgs-Posten
Google News - over 5 years
För er som kan slå på tv:n, gör det nu och kolla in basisten Robert Trujillo, en man som fick jobbet när Jason Newsted hoppade av. Han har en rätt skön spelstil. Som en kräfta eller krabba med basen i princip vertikal. Ändå låter det kanon
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jason Newsted
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 52
    In August 2016 after being out of the public eye for 2 years, Newsted announced he had formed a new acoustic group named Jason Newsted and the Chophouse Band and had scheduled several performing dates throughout the fall.
    More Details Hide Details A fan-made video showed the band (with Newsted on acoustic guitar and lead vocals) playing the Woody Guthrie classic "This Land Is Your Land." In 2004, Newsted signed on as an official supporter of Little Kids Rock, a non-profit organization that provides free musical instruments and instruction to children in underserved public schools throughout the United States. Echobrain Flotsam and Jetsam Gov't Mule IR8/Sexoturica Metallica Moss Brothers Newsted Papa Wheelie Rock Star Supernova Sepultura Unkle Voivod WhoCares
  • 2014
    Age 50
    In September 2014, the band appeared inactive as its website contained only a brief message that as of September 15, 2014, Jason Newsted was no longer on any social networking sites.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 49
    Newsted released its debut album entitled Heavy Metal Music on August 6, 2013.
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  • 2012
    Age 48
    In December 2012, Newsted announced that he had formed his own band called Newsted with drummer Jesus Mendez Jr. and guitarist Jessie Farnsworth, with Staind guitarist Mike Mushok joining later in March 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The band released a four-song EP, titled Metal, on January 8, 2013.
  • 2010
    Age 46
    In October 2010 it was announced that Newsted would be joining a supergroup with singer Ian Gillan and former keyboardist Jon Lord from Deep Purple, guitarist Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath, second guitarist Mikko Lindström from HIM and drummer Nicko McBrain from Iron Maiden.
    More Details Hide Details The band, called WhoCares, recorded a charity single titled "Out of My Mind". The charity single also features a track titled "Holy Water" and is available as digital download or CD format as of May 6, 2011.
  • 2009
    Age 45
    On April 4, 2009, Newsted was present with his former Metallica bandmates James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett, as well as Ray Burton, the father of former Metallica bassist Cliff Burton.
    More Details Hide Details He performed with the band alongside current bassist Robert Trujillo at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio. It was his first performance with the band in nearly a decade, their last performance together having taken place during the VH-1 Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in November 2000. Both Newsted and Trujillo performed onstage at the same time, which was a first for the band.
  • 2007
    Age 43
    On January 4, 2007, he was back playing his bass again.
    More Details Hide Details While recovering from his shoulder injury, Newsted found solace through painting. Newsted has turned out a number of large original works of art over the last half a decade. Newsted says that he went "from making crazy and colorful music to making crazy and colorful paintings." His first gallery show opened on May 4, 2010 at Micaëla Gallery in San Francisco.
  • 2006
    Age 42
    On October 23, 2006, Newsted was injured while attempting to catch a falling bass amp head.
    More Details Hide Details The accident resulted in a torn anterior labrum in his left shoulder and a rotator cuff and biceps tear in the right. He was scheduled for immediate surgery, and underwent a lengthy rehab process. During this time he was unable to play, and began to express himself through painting.
    Newsted then focused solely on Voivod, which, much like Echobrain, was funded entirely by him. They recorded two albums before Newsted's participation in Rock Star Supernova, a supergroup created through reality television series Rock Star: Supernova in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The fourth incarnation of Voivod featured three of the four founding members: Denis Bélanger (a.k.a. Snake, vocals), Denis D'Amour (a.k.a. Piggy, guitars), and Michel Langevin (a.k.a. Away, drums), with Jason Newsted (a.k.a. Jasonic) on bass guitar. Guitarist D'Amour died at the age of 45 on August 26, 2005 due to complications from colon cancer. The record Katorz (a phonetic spelling of quatorze, the French word for fourteen), released in July 2006, was based around riffs found on D'Amour's laptop. A December 2008 update on Voivod's website noted that Newsted played "all the bass tracks" on their latest album Infini, which was released on June 23, 2009. Voivod have since reunited with original bass player Jean-Yves Thériault (Blacky). Supernova formed the basis of the second season of the CBS television program Rock Star in the quest to find a lead singer. The show began online on the Rock Star web site on MSN on Monday, July 3, 2006 with an Internet exclusive weekly episode, and premiered on CBS on that Wednesday, July 5. Votes were cast via the website. On September 13, 2006, Lukas Rossi was crowned the winner.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Age 39
    However, this would not come to fruition as Newsted left Osbourne upon finishing tour duties in late 2003.
    More Details Hide Details He would soon be replaced by Rob Zombie bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson.
    Coincidentally, he was also Trujillo's replacement in Osbourne's band (having switched sides) during Ozzfest 2003, which included Voivod as a Second Stage act.
    More Details Hide Details During an MTV interview, both Osbourne and Newsted showed extreme enthusiasm in writing a new album together, with Osbourne comparing Newsted to "a young Geezer Butler."
  • 2002
    Age 38
    Newsted joined Canadian thrash metal band Voivod in 2002.
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  • 2001
    Age 37
    During a meeting between the members of Metallica in January 2001, Newsted proposed that the band should take a year-long hiatus, and he would use that time to focus on his side-project Echobrain.
    More Details Hide Details When the other band members rejected Newsted's proposals, he decided to quit the band. On January 17, as plans were being made for the band to enter the recording studio to record its eighth studio album, Newsted announced his departure. Newsted's statement revealed his departure was based on "private and personal reasons and the physical damage I have done to myself over the years while playing the music that I love." During a Playboy interview with Metallica, Newsted revealed that he wanted to release an album with Echobrain. Hetfield was against the idea and said, "When someone does a side project, it takes away from the strength of Metallica." Newsted countered his statement by citing Hetfield's contributions to other musical outlets. Hetfield replied, "My name isn't on those records, and I'm not out trying to sell them," and pondered questions such as Where would it end? Does he start touring with it? Does he sell shirts? Is it his band? Newsted's departure from Metallica, along with Hetfield's decision to go to rehab a few months later, nearly led to a breakup of the band. After Hetfield rejoined Metallica, the band finished recording St. Anger, with record producer Bob Rock filling the bass slot. Robert Trujillo became the band's new bassist in 2003.
  • 2000
    Age 36
    On November 30, 2000, His last live show he performed as Metallica's bassist was at the My VH1 Music Awards that year.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1989
    Age 25
    During his time in Metallica, Newsted also sang backing vocals on a number of Metallica songs. During tours, beginning in 1989, he would often sing parts of "Creeping Death", "Whiplash" and "Seek & Destroy", and he performed lead in most songs for three shows at the Summer Sanitarium Tour where Hetfield was recovering from injury.
    More Details Hide Details He is known for his bass solo which included parts of "My Friend of Misery" (which Newsted had originally written as an instrumental) and bass parts from his former band, Flotsam and Jetsam. He has co-written three Metallica songs:
  • 1987
    Age 23
    His debut with Metallica was on The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by his first studio album with the band, And Justice for All (1988), which was subject to controversy and criticism for its production, among other issues, for its murky bass sound. Newsted claims this was further hazing on the part of Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield, although both Ulrich and Hetfield claim they were also disappointed with the production of the album. In addition, they claim that most/all of Newsted's bass lines closely followed the rhythm guitar lines to the point of being indiscernible from each other. Nonetheless, the album peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200 and projected the band to higher success. Newsted also performed on the self-titled Metallica (1991), which is the best-selling Metallica album to date and made the group a world-known band, Load (1996) and ReLoad (1997). The live concerts Live Shit: Binge & Purge and Cunning Stunts were produced in 1993 and 1997 respectively, and S&M in 1999. Newsted also played bass on the song "I Disappear" in 2000.
  • 1986
    Age 22
    The early part of Newsted's music career had him performing bass for Flotsam and Jetsam and their 1986 album Doomsday for the Deceiver.
    More Details Hide Details Newsted wrote the majority of lyrics for the album. Following the death of Metallica's bassist Cliff Burton in September 1986 on the Europe leg of the Damage Inc. Tour, the group began a search for a new bassist. They considered and auditioned over 50 musicians; including Joey Vera of Armored Saint, Greg Christian of Testament, Gene Gilfen of Blind Illusion, Mel Sanchez of Abbatoir, Mike Jastremski of Heathen, Troy Gregory, and Les Claypool, among various others. Even David Ellefson of Megadeth was very briefly considered. Newsted was the last in line and ended up winning the role. He said in a 2015 interview that he learned about Metallica's plan to open for Ozzy Osbourne's tour at the time. To his advantage, Newsted secretly procured the band's setlist, studied it, and presented it to Lars saying he knew all these songs, much to Lars' surprise. His first live performance with Metallica was at the Country Club in Reseda, California.
    Joining Metallica in 1986 after Cliff Burton's death, Newsted remained a member until 2001.
    More Details Hide Details He continued with his project Echobrain, played with Ozzy Osbourne and joined heavy metal band Voivod. Newsted uses the pseudonym Jasonic, which serves as both his alias in Voivod and the name of his music publishing company. He is also the founder of the Chophouse Records studio and label based in California. From 2012 to 2014 he played in his self-titled band Newsted, for which he provided lead vocals as well as bass. Jason Curtis Newsted was born into a family of musicians: his mother taught piano and one of his brothers plays trumpet. He was exposed to music as a child, listening to the record collections of his older brothers. His first instrument was a guitar, which he started to play at 9 years old, but he moved to bass at 14, after listening to Gene Simmons of Kiss. Newsted cites Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath as his major influence. He lists Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, Steve Harris of Iron Maiden, Peter Baltes of Accept, Geddy Lee of Rush, Rob Grange of Ted Nugent and Bill Church of Montrose as other significant influences.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1963
    Born
    Born on March 4, 1963.
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