Do you recall when Jason Newsted was the bassist for Metallica? Those were the days. The days of Justice for All, the Black album etc. It seems like yesterday that the metal head was head banging with the boys (when they had long hair) Incidentally, Newsted does have long hair again. Why? He is planning a new heavy metal project.
As per Blabbermouth, Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted stopped by Gator 98.7 FM’s Gator Garage for a VIP performance and question-and-answer session with the radio station’s Jason and Franny.
When asked what musical projects he is currently working on, Jason replied (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Actually, I spent six months of last year putting together The Chophouse Band ‘Volume 1′. The Chophouse Band has been together [and] making music since 1992. So it was our first album after 30 years. I spent a lot of time on that. And then, once I got that under my belt, I’m kind of stepping back into the heavy now. So the last couple of weeks I’ve been auditioning guitar players for a heavy project. I’m back on bass and singing with a metal drummer — double bass, you know; getting’ loud again. So I’ve got a couple of irons in the fire. I’m putting two new projects together right now — but loud.”
Last April, Newsted told Gator 98.7 FM that he was “not playing any acoustic guitar” with The Chophouse Band “anymore — it’s just Les Pauls and SGs and stuff now. Some of it’s a little quieter but most of its not,” he said.
Will Newsted ever rejoin Metallica? If he did, it would certainly give the band a huge pop that may push their legacy through the stratosphere. Who knows. Only time will tell.