Jason Newsted Aiming to Take the Torch From Lemmy: 'That's One of My Quests'

"He's almost beyond Pope," says Newsted frontman.

Jason Newsted Aiming to Take the Torch From Lemmy: 'That's One of My Quests'
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Newsted frontman Jason Newsted expressed his desire to take over the torch from legendary Lemmy Kilmister once Motorhead are no longer able to deliver live performances at the same intense rate. The singer/bassist touched on the unusual subject while discussing some of his new band's main inspirations. After naming Black Sabbath and Motorhead as top two influences on Newsted music, Jason focused on Lemmy himself. "Lemmy will live forever, whichever way he lives," he kicked off. "Spiritually, legendary, physically, whatever, he'll always be. They won't be always touring at the rate that they do - they can't. I plan on taking over that, I want to. That's kind of one of my quests, like a personal thing.

"Once that time comes, somebody needs to take over that - bring in the real f--king loud, pure music - no fluff, just the deal, just the stuff. So that's what I plan to do maybe in a weird sideways." After drawing a Grateful Dead comparison and praising Motorhead's uncompromising attitude, Newsted elaborated his plans further. "We will take over those people. When Motorhead decide to step off, our band will be ready for that by that time," he concluded. Jason then shared an interesting story from this year's Golden Gods Awards ceremony, saying that although he hasn't approached Lemmy at the event, he raised his hand with horns every time Kilmister was around, keeping it high up until Motorhead frontman was out of sight. "Why did that happen?" he asked. "Just 'cause it is. We have to [bows down]." Newsted was then thrilled by the interviewer's remark of Lemmy being the Pope, saying, "That's awesome! He is almost beyond the Pope." So do you think Jason has what it takes to take over Lemmy's position in the rock community? Let us know in the comments.

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    daken_1
    Jason's voice actually does sound like a quieter Lemmy...
    cemerson2012
    Lemmy is an awesome bass player and vocalist, but he's also a total badass, I like Jason but I am not sure he's quite the badass Lemmy is.
    trentonlambert
    With all due respect to the Man, Lemmy, Jason is probably the only bad-ass metal bassist that has stuck around, remained totally active, and is gaining more and more popularity in the metal community. I could definitely see him "taking over".
    trentonlambert
    With all due respect to the Man, Lemmy, Jason is probably the only bad-ass metal bassist that has stuck around, remained totally active, and is gaining more and more popularity in the metal community. I could definitely see him "taking over".
    javdoc
    I don't think you can just nominate yourself into that kind of role. If you prove it, it will follow. "Sticking feathers up your butt, does not make you a chicken!" - Tyler Durden
    Brandon1993
    Lemmy IS beyond the Pope. He's like The Pope, God, and Jesus all mashed together into one person.
    RCA1186
    While love Jason and I think he could probably do it, it's kind of, dare I say, pompous to say that you will be taking over when they are done.
    metaldalz
    Lemmy is the "Chuck Norris" of Music I Love Jason, his music, his attitude, his passion. And I can truly see him taking over Lemmy's legacy...
    AnthonyWabo
    With this kind of generic washed out music its not about taking over and leading it, cause maybe most of us Motorhead fans think your music sucks, mr. Newsted!
    Mootallica
    You can say generic but Lemmy has released the same album about 15 odd times now.
    Gatorman1300
    Jason will not get the torch from Lemmy. instead Jason will create his own legacy! In my opinion Jason is indefinitely one of the best bassist in history. He, Lemmy, Cliff Burton and Les clay pool all share the same torch.
    wylde1994
    does that mean Newstead's music will become more louder and bluseyer and more rock n'roll based??