Specialty: Making sure Metallica thumps harder
Birthday: March 4, 1963
From: Battle Creek, Michigan
Vitals: 5'9" & 150 lbs (1.75 meters
& 68.04 kilos); brown/red hair & blue eyes
Marital status: Single
Drives: '94 Land Cruiser, IBIS Titanium,
Drinks: Bordeaux, Barolo, barbaresco wines.
Evian, Metrx Shakes
Eats: Thai Curry, Frosted Flakes, Bananas,
Sports teams: NBA: Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls; NFL:
Detroit Lions, L.A. Raiders
Before Metallica: Flotsam and Jetsam, Dogz
Burger-flipper, pizza-maker, and truck-driver
Likes: Mountain biking, Elizabeth, Basketball
Listens 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 and
First concert: Ted Nugent, 1975, South Bend, Indiana,
Notre Dame University
Heroes: Gene Simmons, Al Pacino, B.B. King, my
father, Zach Harmen, Bob Marley
Describes self as: Energetic, caring, goofy
"I still play music for the same reasons as when I first started; for
the feeling, the interaction with others. Not for the money, ego or greed."
LEAVES METALLICA | 17/01/2001
Metallica regrets to announce that after 14 years as Metallica's bass player,
Jason Newsted has chosen to leave the band.
Jason Newsted: "Due to private and personal reasons, and the physical
damage that I have done to myself over the years while playing the music that I
love, I must step away from the band. This is the most difficult decision of my
life, made in the best interest of my family, myself, and the continued growth
of Metallica. I extend my love, thanks, and best wishes to my brothers: James,
Lars, and Kirk and the rest of the Metallica family, friends, and fans whom have
made these years so unforgettable."
Newsted joined Metallica from Flotsam And Jetsam in the fall of 1986 after the
tragic death of bassist Cliff Burton. He participated in the recording of 6
Metallica albums (...And Justice for All, Metallica, Load, Re-Load, Garage Inc.,
and S&M) which have sold over 55 million copies worldwide to date. In
addition, he played on numerous worldwide tours to millions of fans representing
over 1000 gigs in all. While with Metallica, the band won countless awards
including 5 Grammy Awards and 2 MTV Video Music Awards.
James Hetfield: "Playing with someone who has such unbridled passion for
music will forever be a huge inspiration. On stage every night, he was a driving
force to us all, fans and band alike. His connection will never be broken."
Lars Ulrich: "We part ways with Jason with more love, more mutual respect,
and more understanding of each other than at any other point in the past. James,
Kirk and I look forward to embracing the next chapter of Metallica with both a
huge amount of appreciation for the last 14 years with Jason and the excitement
of rising to the challenges that lay ahead to make Metallica shine brighter than
Kirk Hammett: "Jason is our brother. He will be missed."