Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted spoke to Guitar World about his decision to quit social media after shelving NEWSTED, the heavy metal project he operated between 2012 and 2014.
“Originally, I said to myself that I was coming up on 50 years old and had to prove something to myself,” Jason said. “So I assembled a bunch of bad motherfuckers for NEWSTED and wrote songs. I immersed myself in it and had a great time and learned so much. Once I got done, I was a bit disheartened with the whole social media vibe and the falseness of it all. I was always more of private guy when it comes down to it. But I did 30 shows last year with THE CHOPHOUSE BAND with my acoustic bass and a handful of shows this year in Florida with the same outfit and some people from different musical circles. It’s the same vibe and intensity, just a different feel. Collecting songs and playing guitar is still very important to me.”
Newsted told Ultimate-Guitar.com earlier this year that running his own band cost him “an awful lot of money — hundreds of thousands of dollars to take the NEWSTED band around to the 22 countries we played. But it was worth it for the lessons I learned and the respect that was shown to us and the camaraderie of the band. But I couldn’t continue because the business is such a harsh thing now and so different than what I had known.”