Jason Newsted recently opened up on his current relationship with his former bandmates in Metallica, after announcing his live comeback.
Jason left Metallica back in 2001 but was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, along with guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield, Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett, and the man who replaced him, Trujillo, in 2009.
Jason Newsted talks about Metallica
During an appearance on this past Tuesday’s (April 18) episode of SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”, Jason Newsted said:
“I’ve texted back and forth with Lars [Ulrich, Metallica drummer] the last couple of days. We try to stay in touch — he and I do — and talk about whatever. He’s interested in [my] art a lot; he’s always been very supportive of that, so I’m grateful. But also with the music stuff… And I know that his sons [who have their own band called Taipei Houston] — I’m a fan of them and they’re fans of my stuff, and that’s a cool thing. It’s an incredible thing, actually. And I’ve got nothing but mad respect. That’s it. That’s what I’ve got. And I’m so frickin’ proud of those guys. Still cutting it like that, man? C’mon now. And taking this big of a bite and going for shows all the way up through — what? — fall of ’24 or something? Frickin’ huge balls, dude. Incredible. How can’t you applaud that? … I’m always surprised. It was obviously meant to be. Who has this kind of staying power? I mean, it’s such a unique thing — such a unique thing.”
Asked if he has ever had any discussions with current Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo about his approach to playing the band’s classic songs live, Newsted said:
“We haven’t really had conversations with that kind of detail before. No.” He added: “They sound killer right now. They have for a while live. They’ve got a great thing going, man, for real. It sounds killer.”
Newsted will perform with his Newsted project for the first time in nearly a decade on May 20 at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Newsted, who plays bass and sings in the project, will be joined at the gig by original Newsted members Jesus Mendez Jr. (Underlord) on drums and Jessie Farnsworth (Underlord) on guitar, along with new guitarist Humberto Perez.