Ex Metallica bass player Jason Newsted recently talked about his departure from Metallica. During the interview, he revealed the main reason he left the band.
MetallicaThe bass scene has changed several times since the band formed in 1983. The band’s original bassist was Ron McGovneyhe was replaced by Cliff Burton back in 1982. Then, Jason Newsted join the band after Cliff Burton died in a tragic bus accident. In 2001, Jason Newsted replaced by the band’s current bassist Robert Trujillo.
During his 15 year tenure with Metallica from 1986 to 2001, Jason Newsted make great things. Contributed to the band’s four studio albums from …And justice for all until 1997’s Reload, Reported appeared on the band’s 11 albums which include compilations and live albums. He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member Metallica in 2009.
When Jason Newsted departing from Metallica back in the day, the reason was that he proposed Metallica that they should take a year off, because he wants to focus on his side project, echo brain. His proposal was rejected by the rest of the band, and it pissed him off Reported off, because he chose to leave the band.
During his new interview at Palm Beach Post, Jason Newsted details his departure from Metallica. First, Jason talk about the band’s late bassist Cliff Burton. Saying that Canyon is a band teacher, Reported reveal how Metallica emotional.
“They were under extreme emotional demands when they lost Cliff,” Jason said. “He was their teacher, he was their main man, he was the man. That’s a big, big problem.”
Jason was only 23 years old when he joined Metallica. Saying that it’s great to be in a band, Jason also admit that it is difficult.
“Within two weeks, I went from landscaping, rock sweeping and picking up cactus needles in Arizona in the 110 degree desert, to, two weeks later, touring Japan with Metallica,” Jason disclose. “That’s crazy for anyone.”
Jason Newsted Reveals Reasons for Leaving Metallica
At the time, Reporteddeparture from Metallica leaving a sense of frustration and disappointment to spread between Metallica fans and members alike. He said there was one real and simple thing that led to his departure from the band.
“The absolute thing is that I will die if I don’t go,” Jason say.
“It’s like a mad ass, an empty void that may never really be filled. It was really horrible, lonely feeling. I was like, why are you screwing yourself up so hard? Why did you? But I also have to think, you wouldn’t be breathing right now if you didn’t.”
Reported also mentioned the time he told Metallica members that he needed more than 8 months of rest to recover from his neck injury. Based on Reported, Metallica members don’t want to do it.
“For some reason they don’t want to do that,” he commented.
Jason Newsted’s Thoughts On His Leaving The Band
Back last August, Jason Newsted has once again talking about his departure from Metallica. Mention the problems he is facing Metallica that got him out of the band, Reported monotonous words bore him.
“During the tour [for the ‘Black Album’] done and we had money to count and bass to rest, I went in a completely different direction.” Jason say.
“I love playing the songs and I can lift myself up to perform those songs for people and give it my all, but ‘Enter Sandman’ for the three thousandth time in as many days, it’s so tiring for you . .
“I have dozens of new songs we’re working on – all the time, from all the different instrumentation and gibberish. And if I have to sit too long now, I’m going to go crazy.
“’We have to keep going, guys. We have 45 minutes. Let’s continue.’ And I’m ready to perform again and everything like that, but I can’t do that anymore.
“I can’t just do a Broadway show where it’s the same, the same, the same, the same. And that’s what I think is my advantage and my ability to utilize and manage balance.”