Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, now with his new project Newsted, was recently interviewed by Scuzz TV in the UK and was asked about his exit from the band more than ten years ago. He finally opened up and revealed previously untold details surrounding his departure.

Newsted explains that what actually happened was that Metallica's management at Q-Prime heard the Echobrain demos and were very impressed. They wanted to represent the band and push it using Newsted's credibility because he was in Metallica. Newsted alleges that James Hetfield supposedly got jealous of management's interest, and assumed Echobrain's success would affect Metallica. The management company ended up telling Newsted they were not interested anymore.

While the band was filming a retrospective for The Black Album, Newsted offered copies of the new Echobrain record to everybody in the band and friends. James then reprimanded Newsted and he decided it was time to move on. Newsted announced that he was leaving Metallica in 2001. At the time, he vaguely cited "private and personal reasons and the physical damage I have done to myself over the years while playing the music that I love."

The Metallica part begins around the 30-minute mark.





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Posted: 14.01.2014 by deadone



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Ace Frawley - 14.01.2014 at 11:51  
Watched the whole thing and it was all very interesting.
PocketMetal - 14.01.2014 at 11:56  
Let's just say that this doesn't surprise me.
Cynic Metalhead - 14.01.2014 at 12:23  
Well, this surprised me.

I knew it would be conspiracy of one of the members of Metallica led to which Jason walked out of the band. This for pretty much sure that he obviously lied back in 01 due to physical damage has done to himself. But, i never knew it that James would be such a big jealous dick. Nevertheless, i always consider James to be one the weakest musicians' in Metallica and his contribution wasn't much into it as opposed to other ex-Metallica member who heavily contributed in many major songs.
qlacs - 14.01.2014 at 13:51  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 14.01.2014 at 12:23

James would be such a big jealous dick. Nevertheless, i always consider James to be one the weakest musicians' in Metallica and his contribution wasn't much into it as opposed to other ex-Metallica member who heavily contributed in many major songs.

IMO James is the main reason 'tallica turned into poser 'tards playing heavy metal that is trying to sound thrash.
Unhealer - 14.01.2014 at 14:40  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 14.01.2014 at 12:23

Nevertheless, i always consider James to be one the weakest musicians' in Metallica and his contribution wasn't much into it as opposed to other ex-Metallica member who heavily contributed in many major songs.


Don't you mean Jason?
Cynic Metalhead - 14.01.2014 at 15:24  
Written by Unhealer on 14.01.2014 at 14:40

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 14.01.2014 at 12:23

Nevertheless, i always consider James to be one the weakest musicians' in Metallica and his contribution wasn't much into it as opposed to other ex-Metallica member who heavily contributed in many major songs.


Don't you mean Jason?


No, its James. JAMES HETFIELD.

The guy who sang "I'm the table". That one.
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.01.2014 at 15:30  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 14.01.2014 at 12:23

Nevertheless, i always consider James to be one the weakest musicians' in Metallica and his contribution wasn't much into it as opposed to other ex-Metallica member who heavily contributed in many major songs.


Lars will Always be Metallica's weakest musician and Kirk isn't great either. I would say James is superior to those two. And as for the ex-musician you're referring to, that would probably be Dave Mustaine, but he didn't contribute that much to Metallica at all. Just a couple of songs he contributed to. Remember, that a lot of songs were already largely written before Mustaine joined. He wasn't an Original member at all, although he tries to come across as such.
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.01.2014 at 15:33  
Written by Unhealer on 14.01.2014 at 14:40

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 14.01.2014 at 12:23

Nevertheless, i always consider James to be one the weakest musicians' in Metallica and his contribution wasn't much into it as opposed to other ex-Metallica member who heavily contributed in many major songs.



Don't you mean Jason?




Jason was easily the most gifted musician of the band when he was part of it. He just wasn't allowed to contribute by the other dick weazels.
Unhealer - 14.01.2014 at 16:02  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.01.2014 at 15:33


Jason was easily the most gifted musician of the band when he was part of it. He just wasn't allowed to contribute by the other dick weazels.


I loved his energy on stage and his vocals, they complemented James's perfectly. Still, I think calling James the weakest is going a bit overboard.
Cynic Metalhead - 14.01.2014 at 16:15  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.01.2014 at 15:30

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 14.01.2014 at 12:23

Nevertheless, i always consider James to be one the weakest musicians' in Metallica and his contribution wasn't much into it as opposed to other ex-Metallica member who heavily contributed in many major songs.


Lars will Always be Metallica's weakest musician and Kirk isn't great either. I would say James is superior to those two.


As far as songwriting is concerned, James played pivotal role in it. But, he was always "satisfactory" behind instrument. He was however was the leading man of Metallica but pathetic musician. Look, Metallica's success has always remained in classification of many brilliant ex-Metallica members(Cliff included in). As for Kirk, I think he attracts loads of fans for his shredding but its okay with it because he sharpened his skills in Exodus. So, from nowhere i think James gotta phase(s) where people thought he's extremely fantastic in his role. Not worse but he remained as an satisfactory musician to show up.
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.01.2014 at 16:18  
Written by Unhealer on 14.01.2014 at 16:02

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.01.2014 at 15:33


Jason was easily the most gifted musician of the band when he was part of it. He just wasn't allowed to contribute by the other dick weazels.


I loved his energy on stage and his vocals, they complemented James's perfectly. Still, I think calling James the weakest is going a bit overboard.



The weakest is clearly Lars. No doubt about that.
Unhealer - 14.01.2014 at 16:37  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 14.01.2014 at 16:15

As far as songwriting is concerned, James played pivotal role in it. But, he was always "satisfactory" behind instrument. He was however was the leading man of Metallica but pathetic musician.


I think he's awesome as a rhythm guitar/singer musician. There's some quite difficult stuff for playing guitar while singing at the same time on Metallica songs.
Also, while time rendered Kirk sloppy and Lars completely useless, Het is in a very good shape musically these days.
ManiacBlasphemer - 14.01.2014 at 16:52  
I also believe that Lars is the weakest musician in Metallica and the reason why Metallica shifted to a more commercial phase was because of him, not because of James or Jason. One should bear in mind that the other members did not allow Jason to come up with any ideas, much less to implement them in the sound of Metallica, and the episode in the recording sessions of Justice proved it. I have to admit that Jason was something like the 'heavy side' of Metallica, whicle the other band members were easily blinded by the popularity that The Black Album brought and sought to continue in this direction.

Point is, with Jason Metallica still did release some good tracks, but with Trujillo, I'm sorry, the dude might be good, I liked him while he was in Suicidal Tendencies, but hey... Death Magnetic?! This album is better when compared with St. Anger or Lulu or even Load or Reload, but it pales in comparison with the first five any day.
cossaisVendeurs - 14.01.2014 at 18:13  
Imagine what life would be like if Lars just stuck to playing tennis.
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.01.2014 at 18:21  
Written by cossaisVendeurs on 14.01.2014 at 18:13

Imagine what life would be like if Lars just stuck to playing tennis.



Simple, NO Metallica then and thrash wouldn;t be as we know it
Cynic Metalhead - 14.01.2014 at 18:47  
Written by Unhealer on 14.01.2014 at 16:02

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.01.2014 at 15:33


Jason was easily the most gifted musician of the band when he was part of it. He just wasn't allowed to contribute by the other dick weazels.


I think calling James the weakest is going a bit overboard.


Yeah, may be. If not weakest, he's satisfactory. As I said, contribution was crashed down to many great musicians' but if you think Lars and Kirk are weaker then its subliminal James part of it i.e he's weak too. Metallica has rich history but screaming from roof top that "James doesnt have much contribuation and he's amateur" will also be childlish. He pulled off some great and tough songs doesnt credit him much because everyone does that. No big fucking deal. My point is Metallica's success has lifted up by many great ex-Metallica members(aforementioned too). He's gifted? I don't think so.
Silent Jay - 14.01.2014 at 18:47  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.01.2014 at 15:30

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 14.01.2014 at 12:23

Nevertheless, i always consider James to be one the weakest musicians' in Metallica and his contribution wasn't much into it as opposed to other ex-Metallica member who heavily contributed in many major songs.

And as for the ex-musician you're referring to, that would probably be Dave Mustaine, but he didn't contribute that much to Metallica at all. Just a couple of songs he contributed to. Remember, that a lot of songs were already largely written before Mustaine joined. He wasn't an Original member at all, although he tries to come across as such.
Just a couple of songs? Muffstain has been credited for 6 songs and I've heard there are a few more left uncredited... but whatever. To me he was a big part of the Metallica sound in those early years and its hard to imagine what Kill 'em All and Ride the Lightning (arguably their two best releases) would of sounded like without his influence. An influence sorely missed afterwards on Master of Puppets and Justice for All.

As for the interview with Jason, I'm not surprised at all. Jason says he hasn't talked about it before but little bits have been here and there over the years, though he probably has gone into a little more detail in this one sitting than any other time. Nothing much was new.
LICH - 14.01.2014 at 19:06  
Imagine how heavier metallica would sound if newsted was writing ? i mean shit lyracist but he can pound out some belter thrash tunes when he wants.
EmperorIX - 14.01.2014 at 23:20  
30+ years later and people are still taking shots at them. Move on people. Move the fuck on! There are many more musicians and music that deserves praise/scrutiny now days.
TheCybershifter - 15.01.2014 at 00:31  
I thought we already knew the reason more than 10 years ago... My mistake I guess, there are so many bands out there, I probably mixed things up.
deadone - 15.01.2014 at 00:45  
EmperorIX, none of these new bands have been as influential in Metal or as divisive as Metallica.

Metal as a genre peaked in the early 1990s. It's why people still talk about old school Metal a lot, be it Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden or even Darkthrone, Morbid Angel, Napalm Death and Carcass.

These guys all revolutionised metal and their classic albums are still the yardstick by which all other stuff is measured.

Anything since has been merely tinkering around the edges.



Personally I thought it was interesting to get Jason's full side of the story. I'd be interested to hear James'.

It amazes me that a band that's as inactive as Metallica has been since Load/ReLoad is concerned with solo projects.
Troy Killjoy - 15.01.2014 at 01:30  
Written by deadone on 15.01.2014 at 00:45
Anything since has been merely tinkering around the edges.

I think that's a pretty unfair assessment of the modern metal scene. I don't know about you but I think a lot of bands (especially within the avant-garde and experimental spectrum) offer a lot more innovation and variation than bands like Metallica or Morbid Angel or whoever else you're referring to. I understand a lot of those bands laid the foundations of metal but that doesn't mean that was the peak of creativity within the metal scene.
deadone - 15.01.2014 at 01:46  
When you look at metal as a whole as well as the general metal community's perception, the period 1980-95 (roughly) is the high point of the genre in terms of creativity (as well as obvious commercial success).

All the major genres were invented during this period. A large percentage of the what is deemed "classic" albums were released in this period. Even current big names ala Opeth and Devin Townsend (via SYL) started in this period.

What major genre has been invented since?


A lot of this modern avantgarde/experimental stuff is getting away from Metal anyhow - the other influences are getting quite prominent and metal components are being stripped down. As such it is getting away from metal. Most of these labels specialised in a genre (albeit all had exceptions):


Also a lot of the avant garde/experimental stuff has even more limited appeal than Thrash, Power or even Death and Black Metal.

Also the experimentalist approach isn't that new either - e.g. Voivod, Cynic, Tiamat, Atheist, Celtic Frost, Melvins etc.

The advances in the 1980s-early 1990s were in terms of metal itself.


This is why the metal world still obsesses on these older bands and especially the bigger ones ala Metallica.
SuicidalCyco - 15.01.2014 at 02:47  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.01.2014 at 15:30

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 14.01.2014 at 12:23

Nevertheless, i always consider James to be one the weakest musicians' in Metallica and his contribution wasn't much into it as opposed to other ex-Metallica member who heavily contributed in many major songs.


Lars will Always be Metallica's weakest musician and Kirk isn't great either. I would say James is superior to those two. And as for the ex-musician you're referring to, that would probably be Dave Mustaine, but he didn't contribute that much to Metallica at all. Just a couple of songs he contributed to. Remember, that a lot of songs were already largely written before Mustaine joined. He wasn't an Original member at all, although he tries to come across as such.


Hell yeah I agree. Kirk and Lars especially are idiots. James I actually like. And as for Dave he didn't do shit except for help write a couple of songs. Plus I think Robert should find a new band, he is completely underutilizing his talents. Like maybe go back to Suicidal Tendencies . But since we are talking about Jason he is a badass bassist and should have been able to do more when he was in Metallica.
deadone - 15.01.2014 at 03:02  
Couple of songs? It was at least 6 he was credited for.


The Four Horsemen
Jump In The Fire
Metal Militia
Phantom Lord

Ride The Lightning
Call of Ktulu

Bare in mind Hit The Lights is from James' old band Leather Charm and Anathesia is a Cliff Burton one.

That leaves about 4 songs for Kill Em All that were written soley by Lars/James.

So Mustaine's contribution on KEA is significant.

In fact out of the first 18 songs released by Metallica (KEA, RTL) Mustaine contributed to a third of them.
Azarath - 15.01.2014 at 19:43  
Interesting interview. It's still clearly a touchy subject for him.

A diamond, Kirk Hammett called it. A diamond.
bblitz - 15.01.2014 at 20:49  
They are all weak musicians.Jason Newsted was good so he left....Dave Mustaine also....
I agree with people here saying in general no matter what metal genre,there are more
talented and better bands that deserve attention.Metallica have done great injustice to us metalheads
and brought shame to themselves with releasing awful sell out albums (you know).Did they thought
of thrash metal then? No. Testament,Overkill,Kreator,Nevermore did.Jason left because he knew what they've become.
deadone - 16.01.2014 at 01:05  
Testament and Overkill released non-Thrash albums in 1990s and basically tried to ride the Groove Metal gravy train. So did Megadeth and Anthrax.

Nearly all the bigger thrash acts did this in the 1990s in a bid to stay commercially viable. In most cases they failed.

As for Nevermore, not really a Thrash band.
DayFly - 20.01.2014 at 17:47  
My two cents:

Hammett is a terrible guitarist and the one member of Metallica that did not make a difference. For a guy claiming to be influenced by Michael Schenker he is strikingly unmelodic and unmemorable and has a vibrato a beginner should be ashamed of. Playing the role of guitar hero, unlike the guitarists in more extreme bands, makes his lack of technique even more unbearable. His writing credits don't much help his case either. On the other hand, Ulrich may not be a very accomplished drummer but is as important to early Metallica, as Metallica is to thrash, like it or not. Hetfield, of course, set the bar for terrific extreme metal rhythm guitar in the beginning of Metallica's career. As for Mustaine, Megadeth's later material is every bit as bad as later day Metallica, and their early material is by all accounts worse. Whatever revionists like to believe about Mustaine, throught their career, Megadeth featured better musicians than Metallica and yet never wrote anything as good.

Burton's playing is terrific and his contribution important. And Newsted never made any impression during his tenure in Metallica, which he can, perhaps ironically, be grateful for.
Ace Frawley - 21.01.2014 at 09:48  
I know Lars seems to cop a lot of flak as a drummer/musician but he's come up with some pretty decent stuff that really fits the songs that Metallica write. I also think that his thrash-style drumming on Justice is very good. I'm certain he's not up to the class of some of the other early thrash drummers (Lombardo, Benante come to mind) but he's no hack.
MrClansman1 - 01.02.2014 at 21:53  
This interview was amazing! I'm going to listen Newsted's new album again.

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