Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has posted on his Instagram page for the first time since 2013.
He posted a quote, “When I came into Metallica, I had to do justice to Cliff’s work, but I also had to put my own signature on it. No one could be Cliff Burton; Cliff Burton was the Jimi Hendrix of bass.”
Newsted discussed his former Metallica bandmates in a 2017 Palm Beach Post interview.
“The band was the real deal. There were no weak links,” Newsted says of former bandmates Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett. “We were four people, who were the faces of (the band), but there were 4,000 people who helped us do that show, from the crew, to the venues, to a guy in Timbuktu selling posters. We took it seriously. If we were supposed to go on at 8:01, we were there at 8:01.”
For a farm kid traveling the world, touring was a revelation and an education. “Lars Ulrich had traveled around and knew about Europe. I was like ’I know where Kansas is!” he says, laughing. “We would play these places where like UB40 and Diana Ross had played, and there were these kids who knew you from a copy of a copy of a cassette, in a Metallica T-shirt that cost 6 weeks wages.”