Newsted reveals Monster pain
Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted admits the band’s controversial documentary Some Kind Of Monster upset him when he first saw it.
But on reflection, he wouldn’t change a thing about his time with the thrash giants.
The film tells the story of Metallica’s internal disputes which saw Newsted quitting in 2001, and charts the course of their recovery and the making of 2003′s St Anger album.
The bassist tells The Classic Metal Show: “I do keep things pretty private – to do that like that and expose yourself in those ways, I did not agree with that. But that wasn’t my decision; I was long gone by then. I think there were some pretty unsavoury moments in there.
“I worked very hard for the band. It was always my first priority. I missed some pretty important things, like laying close friends and family members to rest.
“Instead, I would go and do an interview or go and do a photo session, or carry a master tape across the country, because nobody else wanted to do it. ‘Just get Jason to do it.’ Them guys forgetting that fast…”
It doesn’t mean Newsted regrets being a member of the band: “I’ll never forget that Metallica gave me my chance to be what I am. When they did push me out there in front to do some of those things that maybe everybody else didn’t want to do, little did they know it would build the great character in me that I have now.
“I didn’t like it then, but as I look back it now, I wouldn’t change a thing – because it built me to where I am now.”
But Newsted has one lasting concern about the band who replaced him with Robert Trujillo, while he went on to work with Echobrain, Voivod and Ozzy Osbourne, and now fronts his own self-titled band.
“There has to be a pressure valve in something that’s successful,” he says. “I was that pressure valve – and I don’t know if they have one any more.”