Jason Newsted (Ex-Metallica) On Stopping His Newsted Project: “It Was Just Too Much Of A Load”

Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica) previously revealed that he laid his Newsted project to rest after losing a manager, having issues with the Soundwave Festival, and dealing with his mother’s sickness. Now, during a recent interview with Ultimate Guitar, he offered some more insight into his decision to put a stop to the band.


He said the following:

“There was a couple things that were very good and then a couple things were very bad. When it came down to the money stuff and just having to wear all the hats and doing the writing, singing, playing and paying for everything, it was just too much of a load.”

He continued:

“The good things that happened were the shows came off very well and was received very well. The European stuff was fantastic and I got a couple good opportunities opening for Iron Maiden at Sonisphere and the Download Festivals. Those were wonderful — the respect being shown that I couldn’t have maybe predicted. We got respect from the generations of bands that followed Metallica and Voivod and people we taught without knowing it.”

He added the following about the negatives of being in the group:

“It cost me an awful lot of money — hundreds of thousands of dollars to take the Newsted band around to the 22 countries we played. But it was worth it for the lessons I learned and the respect that was shown to us and the camaraderie of the band. But I couldn’t continue because the business is such a harsh thing now and so different than what I had known.”

He also shared the following regarding his decision to start the project in the first place:

“I did the Newsted band thing at my 50th birthday to prove that I still had the guts and I could still go and show those guys half my age and run ’em around the stage. I knew I could still take it to ’em and I had to prove that to myself. As we started going, we got people like [Mike] Mushok to play and having that kind of talent around you inspired you to do better and inspired me to want to take it around and show off to people.”


Jason Newsted (Ex-Metallica) Discusses Why He Stopped Doing His Newsted Project

Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica) was recently interviewed by Eddie Trunk, and offered a more in depth explanation regarding his decision to stop working on his Newsted project. The biggest factors involved losing the band manager, dealing with issues involving promoter AJ Maddah and his Soundwave Festival, and his mother’s illness, and eventual death.


Newsted said the following about the band’s manager leaving them:

“The manager that had taken us on to take the Newsted band around the world, help us get all those gigs and everything, he had gotten on the ground floor with a band called Florida Georgia Line, who became gigantic in the country music world — beyond gigantic; like Grammys and holy business. I think they actually beat Elvis Presley’s record for a single being on the charts for the longest of all time. So things like this. He came to us honestly and said, ‘I’m not gonna be able to be in your corner anymore, because I have to go with these guys and do this. You understand?’ I said, ‘Yes, I understand.’ So that came into play — a little bit of a wobbly situation there in the handling.'”

He added the following about AJ Maddah and his promises of putting the band on main stage at Soundwave, which ended up becoming a hectic situation that resulted in him losing money:

“So as the shows grew closer in February, all the logistics from their side started going quite haywire, and the promise, or the word, of a handshake, of him saying [we would get to play] the main stage and all these different things, that was changing rapidly, and I couldn’t get straight answers from across the world. So getting those answers from that place a day and a half behind or ahead, all this communication became pretty much a headache. And I could not get any real answers of where I was gonna take my boys, when I was gonna take them, and who I was gonna be playing with and what time and on what stage. And I’ve been in this for long enough that I’m not gonna do that.”

He also said the following about his mother’s passing and his decision to fade away for awhile:

“I was not interested in letting anybody know about anything. It was nobody’s business, really, about any kind of social media things or what was going on within my people or any of that, and so I just didn’t really wanna bother with any of that until I had the energy and presence of mind to be able to talk to you today about it and let people know that I always appreciated their encouragement and their positive vibrations they sent to me. People just have to understand that when these type of things come in your life that you really do get some heavy, heavy perspective. And so that’s what changed for me.”

[Transcribed By Blabbermouth}

Jason Newsted (Ex-Metallica) Announces Acoustic Tour

Jason Newsted And The Chophouse Band have announced their first tour. You can check out some footage of the acoustic project performing, along with the tour dates, below:

Tour Dates:

9/02 – Crystal Bay, NV @ The Crystal Bay Club / Crown Room
9/07 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Moe’s Alley
9/08 – Mill Valley, CA @ Sweetwater Music Hall
9/10 – Napa, CA @ Silo’s
9/17 – Sebastopol, CA @ Hopmonk Tavern

Jason Newsted (Ex-Metallica) On Would And Steal Acoustic Project: “This Is What I’ll Do For The Rest Of Time”

Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica, etc.) recently announced his new acoustic project with Rob Tucker, which is called Would And Steal. Now, you can check out some footage of him performing with the group, along with some more in depth comments about it below:

Newsted said the following (transcribed by Blabbermouth):

“After thirty years of playing heavy music and travelling around the world — I’ve been around the globe about five and a half times, fifty-five countries — I’ve already climbed that mountain; there is no more of that mountain to be climbed.

So within the accolades that I shared of the group’s success — I was one member of that group, something bigger than all of us; and we got Grammy Awards and Hall Of Fame and all those different things — that’s as far as you can go in that kind of music, and it’s someone else’s turn to have fun in that music now.

I can’t play like Slipknot now; those guys are heavier and faster than I could ever dream of playing now. So this is how I can play, and this is what I’ll do for the rest of time.

I always wanna play music; I have to have it in my every day, and if I don’t, I’ll go mad — literally. Anybody that knows me knows that. And so now as I play this, I find myself being able to expose myself to more people.

I’d say age four to ninety-four can listen to this music and enjoy it. How can’t you like Johnny Cash? How can’t you like ‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken?’ You have to like those songs, American music like that.”

Would and Steal will play two benefit shows on August 5-6, in Lafayette, CA, with proceeds going towards Little Kids Rock.

Jason Newsted (Ex-Metallica) Launches New Acoustic Project Would And Steal

Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica, etc.) has teamed up with Rob Tucker in a new acoustic project called Would And Steal. The group will play two benefit shows on August 5-6, in Lafayette, CA, with proceeds going towards Little Kids Rock. More information about the project will be revealed when Newsted guests on the Mighty Fine Guitars webcast this Friday (July 22).