Jason Newsted answered the questions about what he felt after leaving Metallica and the reasons behind it in an interview with ‘Florida Daily Post’ which was recently shared on Youtube.
Jason Newsted joined Metallica after the death of Cliff Burton in 1986. Shortly after, one of the Metallica’s greatest albums ‘And Justice For All’ was released and became the band’s first album that took place in Billboard’s top 10.
After fifteen years, he decided to leave the band while planning to record a new album because of both his personal reasons and physical problems. This era of the band when they were struggling between addictions, personal turmoils, and losing an important band member became a documentary titled ‘Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster.’
The physical reason behind Newsted’ leaving was the shoulder surgeries he had on both arms. He realized that he couldn’t play like Metallica’s style fully anymore. Rejection of his side project ‘Echobrain’ was Newsted’s other main personal reason that made him leave the band.
In his interview with ‘Florida Daily Post,’ he stated that he had some doubts about leaving the band earlier. Almost everyone except his family objected to his decision. However, he knew that he wasn’t physically capable of that kind of performance and had the right personal reasons.
Nowadays, Newsted is playing with ‘The Chophouse Band.’ He states that he can play like this forever and he feels happy about this acoustic project which reflects his new perspective on his musical career.
Here’s what he said:
“As the times went by in the earlier years, I kept asking myself. ‘What if? What if? What it? What if? What if you had stayed? What if? What if? — that kind of thing,” he admitted. “And everybody— except for maybe my sister, my wife, and my dad and my brothers and my mom; they told me, ‘You do you.’ They were in it close enough with me. They went to enough shows. They saw enough of the backstage stuff. They saw what took place. And they were, like, ‘We get it. You do you. We’ll be around for you.’ But everybody else, whether they knew me, or they call me Jason anyway because they knew my name, but I didn’t know them, there are millions of those people — millions of those people — and they all had something to say about it. ‘How in the hell could you do that? You’re throwing away tens of millions of dollars? Why would you do that? Why would you step out of the biggest and best band of all time? What are you thinking?'”
“You don’t know where I’ve been. But it took me a while to convince them. So, as I think about that ‘What if? What if? What if?’, it worked out exactly like it was supposed to. I’m not saying I could have planned it or anything like that. So it took me years to subside, which is really nice, and now I’ve got 19 years. I’ve had a whole other two or three lifetimes since I was in that big thing that provided all of this for me.
I’ll never talk a bad word about anything like that or the guys; they gave me my chance and my life, and I worked as hard as I could,” Jason added. “I was always with the fans. Something back here told me I have to spend every minute I can with the people ’cause it’s not always gonna be like this. And so I did; that was my thing. They made fun of me for how much time I spent with the fans. They ridiculed me for how much time I spent with the fans. And now I wouldn’t change one thing. I had my doubts at a certain time, but now I know. The music I’m playing with ‘The Chophouse Band’ is what I’m able to play. And sometimes it gets vicious, and sometimes it gets nice and ugly, and all that stuff, but I know I can play this forever. This music and the Johnny Cash stuff I can play sitting right here or laying right there or dancing around over there, I can still play music. I know for a fact I cannot play the way that I would want to play in ‘Voivod’ and ‘Metallica’ — any of those bands. I don’t have the physicality to do that anymore. I only do six shows a year with ‘The Chophouse Band’, and I do them right.”
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