Jason Newsted is a legend who made a successful career with Metallica and other bands.
One such unique experience is playing for Ozzy Osbourne.
He discussed playing shows with Ozzy and sometimes doing shows without knowing the songs in a new interview with Palm Beach.
“How long were the shows in those days?”
Jason Newsted replied:
“Two and a half hours, no intermission. The longest show I’ve ever performed was with Ozzy – three hours and one minute, in Montreal, in 2003.”
“Did he keep extending the encores; is that how it happened?”
“I don’t know if the right combination of pills had hit, or he got off of them or was only halfway into them, but he was in a mood that night. We played 28 songs. In any kind of set, 20 is pushing it.
I was playing with him in 2003, so he had already done all of the ‘Blizzard’ stuff, all the cool sh*t.”
“He had a couple of hundred songs. I had been in the band for a couple of months, and there would be the same 30 songs we’d push around. He’d call stuff out, and expect everybody to know it. There’s 22,000 people in Montreal, and he’d go, ‘The Wizard!’
I f*ckin’ never played ‘The Wizard,’ let alone with him! I played it in my bedroom when I was 14, but never even got all the way through it. We barely made it through. He called out three to five songs that night that I had never played with anybody before.”