March 4, 1963
From: Battle Creek, Michigan
Specialty: Making sure Metallica thumps harder than ever
Plays: Bass / Equipment list
Vitals: Blue eyes, brown-red hair, 5'8"/1.75 meters
tall,weighs 150 lbs/68.04 kilos
Newsted is the fourth person to play bass for Metallica. After
a successful and happy tenure with Cliff Burton, a tragic accident
took his life. The remaining members of Metallica felt Cliff would
have wished them to carry on.
carry on they did, with the help of Jason Newsted. He was hand
picked bythe band after a series of auditions of about 40 people
that included Troy Gregory, Willy Lange and Les Claypool. Jason
was suggested for a try-out to Lars by Brian Slagel. Brian was
a bit reluctant since Jason's current band, Flotsam & Jetsam was
signed to his Metal Blade Records.
Jason had some pretty big shoes to fill. Cliff Burton was always
more then just the bass player in Metallica. Jason was up to the
task and has definitely made his mark on Metallica.
was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, and raised in Niles. At age
14, the Newsted clan packed up and moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan.
There he grew up within 5 miles of the Gibson Guitar Company.
His reasons for picking up bass began and ended with Kiss' Gene
Simmons. His roots of 'speed metal' could be traced back to playing
his father's player piano at faster than normal tempo. After an
initial unsuccessful attempt at bass, he picked up the instrument
again a few years later when he received his first bass guitar.
saved up money for a better bass, then hooked up with local band
Gangster, which included guitar player Tim Hamlin. Hamlin became
a mentor and a teacher of sorts to the young aspiring bass player.
Suprisingly, Jason quit High School just 3 months shy of graduation,
and spent time away from home, living with the Gangster guys (He
has since received his GED, an does not recommend anyone quitting
1981, Jason and Hamlin left Michigan for California. They made
it as far as Phoenix, Arizona on Halloween, 1981. In Phoenix,
Jason kept himself busy with odd jobs including a stint at a Subway
sandwich shop. He and Hamlin drifted apart and Jason hooked up
with drummer Kelly David-Smith. With David-Smith, Jason jammed
for awhile with Paradox, but that amounted to little. Eventually
he moved in with David-Smith in Scotsdale, Arizona. There, the
they dug up guitarists Mark Vasquez and Kevin Horton. With Jason
on bass, and often singing, the fledgling band dubbed themselves
Dogz. Horton was soon replaced by Ed Carlson, and this line up
played various gigs and recorded some demos.
1983, vocalist Erik A.K. joined Dogz, and shortly after they changed
the name to Flotsam & Jetsam. Jason acted as bass player, chief
songwriter, band manager, fan liason, and lyricist.
& Jetsam got a spot on the same Metal Massacre compilation that
spawned Metallica's career a few years earlier, and the band was
soon signed with Metal Blade records. They released one album,
Doomsday For The Deceiver with Jason, and released another with
songs written with him. On Halloween night, 1986, Jason played
his ast gig with Flotsam & Jetsam.
his audition for Metallica, Newsted learned all of Cliff's parts,
but also added some things to show that he was his own person
and a capable bass player. The audition was stretched to the next
day and finally that evening at Tommy's Joint.. he was finally
asked the big question:
you want a job?"
Jason's response? A yell that nearly scared off the other people
in the bar.His quick ascent to Metallica, which was his favorite
band, was not easy. He went through a year of hazing and abuse
which bordered on ludicrous, absurd and amazing. But Newsted proved
Jason is an integral part of the band, and as a former fan himself,
is widely respected for his ongoing commitment to the fans.
left Metallica in January 2001 after 14 years with the band. After
his quit he joined Echobrain.
Brian Sagrafena and Dylan Donkin are other members of Echobrain.
Echobrain's first album released on 5th March 2002. Jason says
"It's so different from Metallica, it's such its own thing
and the voice is so fucking incredible" about his new band.
But in August 2002, Jason left Echobrain. He is working on diffirent
are Jason's vitals?
Jason Curtis Newsted was found jamming in Battle Creek, Michigan
on March 4th, 1963; he is 5'9" and weighs 150 lbs. His eyes are
blue, and his hair is red-brown.
Jason is divorced.
bass guitar equipment does he use?
Jason plays bass (and lots of 'em) currently he plays Sadowsky
basses live, he uses La Bella strings and uses Ampeg amongst other
equipment. Check out Jason's Equipment for more!
does he drive?
LandCruiser, Merlin Mountain bike.
he recorded for anyone other than Metallica?
Jason has many side projects. His former band Flotsam & Jetsam
also released two albums with Jason's work on it. Look for Jason's
songwriting on Jim Martin's debut album Milk & Blood, and
on Voivod's Phobos, he also contibutes to songs on UNKLE's Psyence
Fiction and Seplutura's Against.
What was with Jason saying that he'd rather be in an all Elvis
Jason's comments were about the lack of bass presence on the "..And
Justice For All" album. He has also said that he would be in Metallica
until he is physically (or mentally) unable to do so.
is Jason's drink of choice?
Jason has a penchant for fine, thick red wines like Barolo or
Bordeaux, also drinks Evain and MetRx shakes.
sports teams does Jason follow?
Jason follows the Phoenix Suns, the Chicago Bulls on the NBA,
and the Detroit Lions and the Raiders in the NFL.
jobs has he had before Metallica?
Jason's been a truck-driver, a pizza maker and has worked at a
are Jason's favorite foods?
Thai Curry, Frosted Flakes, Bananas, Ginseng.
was the first song he learned to play?
Main riff in '25 or 6 to 4' by Chicago, loads of Gene Simmons
recent music does Jason listen to?
Sepultura, Soulfly, Massive Attack, Tricky. Lots more.
Jason been in any other bands?
Jason's previous bands included Dogz, Gangster and Flotsam &
Jason wear glasses?
Jason is near-sighted, and occasionally wears glasses instead
are Flotsam & Jetsam?
Jason's band before joining Metallica, they recorded an album
with Jason before he took over the bass duties in Metallica.
was Jason's last gig with Flotsam and Jetsam?
October 31st, (Halloween night), 1986.
was Jason's first show with Metallica?
Jason's first gig with Metallica was opening for Metal Church
at The Country Club in Reseda in the first week of November 1986.
His second gig was the very next night at Jezabelle's in Anaheim.
does he like to do in his off-time?
Jason Newsted likes to jam in his Chophouse studio, mountain bike
and play basketball.
2 Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs, Kobie and Kaya.
Jason's brother really a teacher?
Yes, Jason's brother, Tim, teaches Elementary School.
are His influences?
Jason credits Kiss, Rush, Black Sabbath and Ted Nugent.
did Jason cut his hair?
It was fried from concert lighting and smoke etc.
is Tommy's Joint?
Tommy's Joint is a Hoffbrau (meat, potatoes and BEER!!!) located
in San Francisco and was a hangout of Metallica's, it is also
the place where Jason was asked to join the band!
going on at the end of the "Roam" video, why is Jason being attacked
When touring, Jason's (and other band members) birthdays are celebrated
by drenching with pies and other available materials.
now defunct bands would Jason like to see reunite?
The original line-ups of Black Sabbath and the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
he really play with The Moss Brothers?
Yes. He played with Moss Brothers on stage. Also he played bass
guitar for their album.
MORE ON JASON
'94 Land Cruiser, Titanium Merlin "Newsboy" Cruiser mountain bike
Bordeaux, Barolo, Barbaresco wines. Evian, Metrx Shakes
Thai Curry, Frosted Flakes, Bananas, Ginseng
teams: NBA: Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls; NFL: Detroit Lions,
Metallica: Flotsam and Jetsam, Dogz
career: Burger-flipper, pizza-maker, and truck-driver
Mountain biking, Basketball, Elizabeth
to: Kiss, Black Sabbath, Tom Waits, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Machine
Head, Sly and the Family Stone, Sepultura, Wes Montgomery, Snoop
Doggy Dogg, Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Jaco Pastorius, Anything
concert: Ted Nugent, 1975, South Bend, Indiana, Notre Dame
Gene Simmons, Al Pacino, B.B. King, my father, Zach Harmon, Bob
self as: Energetic, caring, goofy