Jason Newsted Will Debut New Music at Upcoming Newsted Show


There’s been a lot of interest surrounding ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and his recently revived solo project, Newsted. Ten years since the band’s debut, he’s bringing the act to Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, FL next Saturday to play some good old-fashioned heavy metal, including some songs from the band’s sole studio release, as well as apparently some new ones as well.

During a recent interview with comedian Dean Delray on the Let There Be Talk podcast, Newsted not only defended Lars Ulrich, but he also revealed that he’s been working on new material for some time.

“I put together this kind of Motörhead-flavored thing about a year and a half ago and wrote these Motörhead-flavored songs on bass as the first instrument. I took the main three Philthy Animal drum beats and just picked that one and make a song and pick that one and make a song, and go around a couple of times and write that many songs.

“So I wrote some fun songs. And now we mix those in with ‘Soldierhead’ and ‘Heroic Dose’ and the ones from the videos that people know, but mostly playing new songs. And they are way less complex — way less complex than Flotsam, Metallica or even the [early material from] the Newsted band or Echobrain certainly. Just real punk rock, straight ahead like Motörhead — a lot of fast stuff, a lot of double bass. Most of them are pretty quick. It’s just fun, though — fun as fuck.”

If things go well and fans react positively, Newsted said there may even be an opportunity for the band to keep going past that one-off Florida show.

“This is gonna be the gauge. Is it possible for them to spring me back into it like they did [when I played with Metallica in 2011] at the Fillmore? This we will find out on May 20th, if they bring me back. If they bring me back, then they do, and if they don’t, they don’t, and here I am and I’m still happy. It’s gonna be a crazy fucking show. We’ve been working hard on the songs, and I’m ready to give it.”

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