Ryan Bartek of Get Real Detroit spoke with Jason Newsted of Echobrain on some of the reasons he decided to leave Metallica after all these years. Newsted said, “James was really restrictive about doing side projects. 21 years we’re into Metallica now — I mean how is something like Echobrain going to chink the armor of a monster like that? It’s not like a watered-down or wannabe version of Metallica; it’s something totally different. I had strong feelings about that, and James had strong feelings about protecting Metallica’s integrity on all levels. He was like the vigilant guardian, so when anything ever came up against it to make it look diluted, he had to shoot it down right away.” Getrealdetroit.com has since removed the article.