The Panic Channel guitarist Dave Navarro checked in on his 6767.com site on Monday with bad news for Rock Star Supernova’s bassist. “I just received news that Jason Newsted will not be joining Supernova on the upcoming tour,” Navarro writes. “He has apparently sustained a serious shoulder injury and will be out of commission for up to 9 months.” The full post at 6767.com has since been removed.
Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted spoke with Billboard about his role in the new Voivod studio album via The End label, which he hopes will be out by next year. “It’s the most complete demos I’ve ever been involved in,” he tells Greg Prato. “[Voivod singer] Snake has already chosen his effects — exact timing of milliseconds for delay. We’ve had a long time to develop the demos, so there’s about 23 or 25 songs that are absolutely listenable right now.”
Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune recently caught up with Metallica frontman James Hetfield and asked him about bandmate Lars Ulrich’s remark that the Metallica that exists now is the Metallica that Jason Newsted always advocated when he was in the band. “Jason certainly sparked the inward look in us all, but unfortunately he was the one that chose not to look inward, he just ran outward,” Hetfield said. “Right when it started to get heavy, he bailed on it. I’m glad we continued with what we had to do. In a way, we were disappointed that he wasn’t willing to do the work. He just wanted to get to the destination. He didn’t want to travel the journey.” Metromix.chicagotribune.com has since removed the article.
Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted called into The Blitz 99.7 FM in Columbus, Ohio Thursday afternoon (July 31) to talk about touring with Voivod and Ozzy Osbourne on this year’s Ozzfest and to answer a few Metallica related questions. When asked for his opinion of the new Metallica album, ‘St. Anger’, Newsted said, “As a fan, it’s pretty hard to listen to, tonality-wise. I think it’s not very pleasing to the human ear. There’s other albums that sound better, production-wise. Songwriting-wise, it’s not bad. But I think that it could have been a lot more pleasant to listen to. If the [bonus] DVD would not have been [included] in the album, they would have been screwed. They redeemed themselves by putting in that DVD and showing that Lars [Ulrich] can actually play double-bass drums and stuff like that. Because I know, myself, as a fan, and a lot of other fans have questioned that for awhile — the actual abilities of the band anymore. So I’m really glad, as fan, that they put that DVD in.” Audio at wbzx.com has since been removed.
Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted spoke with Billboard.com about his decision to leave the band, which he says wasn’t without an offer to stay. “I gave them an offer first, and that is what people haven’t included in the story too much,” says Newsted. “I went in with a proposal saying, ‘I would like to take a year off and I’m going to pursue EchoBrain.’ James [Hetfield] had a kid that was four months old, and Lars [Ulrich] had a kid that was six months old. I’m like, ‘You guys go be with your babies. You’ve already been away from them for a tour, go be with them.’ I was trying to be compassionate, I thought. They didn’t hear it. I said, ‘Take one year off,’ and they said, ‘Nope,’ before it even entered their thought process. So, I said, ‘Okay, I’m walking away then.’ And they were pretty flabbergasted, actually. They didn’t think I would ever do it.”
On the surface, trading Metallica sized arenas for Voivod’s achy joints looks like a blown play. Jason Newsted thinks otherwise. “This was the first time in a long, long time that I got to control what people hear from me,” he tells Jason Bracelin of the Cleveland Scene. Part of that control was insisting that the band eliminate the unnecessary noodling in the studio that had sabotaged Voivod’s work in the past. “If you take too long on music, with computers and all the crap that happens these days, you just have too much time to suck all the human factor out of it, and that’s something that I wanted to avoid very much,” Newsted says. “We put the band together, wrote the songs, recorded the record, mixed, and mastered it in about 55 days. In this day and age, that’s miraculous. It probably took Linkin Park 55 days to get their drum and guitar sounds down.” The full story at clevescene.com has since been removed.
VoiVod bassist Jason Newsted has snubbed his former band Metallica’s stadium tour with Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit which starts off on July 4, dubbed the ‘Summer Sanitarium Tour 2003’. “It’s a joke I think Metallica are just a joke, I don’t think they have any idea,” Newsted told Rock Sound magazine. “I am fan of Metallica again, I did my thing in there and felt good and I’m proud of that sh** and I am more proud than sour. But that’s the integrity down the fu**ing tube! Why can’t they take out Strapping Young Lad, why can’t they take out In Flames? What they are doing now is such an obvious cash thing and has nothing to do with the music that we’re supposed to be fighting for.” Rock-sound.net has since removed the article.
Jason Newsted tells Launch.com that the legal squabble stemming from his quitting Metallica two years ago has been fully resolved. “We’re just now actually coming to a resolution on all of our agreements for our business things and stuff,” Newsted said. “It took awhile to pull all that together. Man, they sound strong, and I’ve heard, you know, reports from my little spies and stuff that everybody’s kicking ass and they’re doing some hours in the studio, so I hope that they can do it. I hope they can do what they say they can do, man. If [James] Hetfield’s determined, it will happen.”
Jason Newsted tells MTV News that Voivod, the veteran Canadian thrash band he recently joined, can kick Metallica’s ass. “I have to show respect to them, but at the same time I can offer the challenge,” the former Metallica bassist said. “I’d like to play on the same stage, Voivod and Metallica, and we’re gonna see who’s what. That’s really important to me, as a fan of Metallica, to see them come on and kick ass again. But also at the same time, I think that I’m in a band now that can kick their ass. So that’s where it’s at, guys. The offer’s out on the table.” Read more.
Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, who left that band in January 2001, will officially be playing bass in Quebec band Voivod. According to the band’s website Newsted will not only lend a hand (or two) on bass, but will also be producing the veteran metal band’s upcoming album tentatively titled ‘The Multiverse.’ Nested writes, “This is the new beginning for all of us. We’ve been through a lot of similar situations. [We’re] having such a good time writing our metal music together, in one room–bashing it out, it’s real again!!”