Jason Newsted

Ex-Metallica Bassist Jason Newsted Reflects On The Black Album Turning 25, Fate Of Newsted


Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted took the time to reflect on today (August 12th) marking the 25th anniversary of Metallica‘s 1991 self-titled album (aka ‘The Black Album’) turning 25. The landmark opus topped the charts upon its release and currently sits at 16 million plus copies sold in the U.S. alone. Chatting with, Newsted said in part of it:

“We worked so hard on the record for so long, and to take that music around the world like we did was really, hugely powerful. ‘Nothing Else Matters‘ was, like, No. 1 in 35 countries the same week or some shit, and all of a sudden there’s countries calling that never would’ve entertained the thought of an American metal band playing in front of their kids, and they’re calling us up ’cause they know they can make a bunch of money because it’s so freakin’ popular at the moment. So we got to do a bunch of pioneering and be the first heavy band to go to a bunch of those places. That’s what I remember the most.”

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In addition to talking about his current acoustic ventures, he also spoke of his previous metal project, Newsted, which he seemingly put a stop to back in 2014. As it turns out, there may still be life within that project after all, as new revealed:

“I was trying to take on too much stuff at once. You can only do so much and make it work right. I won’t call it over ’cause I did write a whole ‘nother record, but it just hasn’t been put together. It hasn’t been recorded all the way. It’s not ready for the people. That’s something that’s just on the back burner right now.”

There’s more from Newsted on ‘The Black Album’ and his other projects at Dates for his upcoming acoustic tour can be found here.

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