Jason Newsted Joins Megadeth on Stage for Performance of Metallica Classic

Watch the perfromance of "Phantom Lord" here.

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Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted performed the classic Metallica song "Phantom Lord" with Megadeth last night (Sunday, August 11) at the final show of this summer's Gigantour in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Check out fan-filmed video footage of his appearance below.

Newsted, who quit Metallica in February 2001, is the frontman of a new band, simply called Newsted, which took part in this year's edition of Gigantour, the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine.

Speaking to Artisan News at the August 6 NEWSTED signing session at Looney Tunes in West Babylon, New York, Jason stated (via Blabbermouth) about how the idea for the jam came about: "It was mostly created by kind of rumor and agents and managers and things like that early on when we were putting together the structure of this tour, that 'maybe you and Jay can play a song.' It was never something that I said or that Dave said, it was [something] that managers said to us."

He continued: "I'm open to jam with anybody whenever anybody wants to jam I think that's not really a secret or nothing so if the dude calls out 'Phantom Lord', I'll sing or play bass guitar or whatever he wants; that's all fine.

"As a fan, jamming with Dave, coming from back here ... 'Cause I was a fan of Dave before we were brothers and peers and stuff like that. So, man, if he wants to jam, I'm open to that, of course."

Mustaine previously hinted that he would invite Newsted up on stage to perform a song Dave co-wrote during his short tenure with the band.

Addressing his followers on Twitter, Mustaine wrote: "If I play a song I wrote in @Metallica w/@JasonCNewsted, which should it be?"

Mustaine then listed the following METALLICA tracks for fans to choose from:

  • Ride the Lightning
  • The Call of Ktulu
  • Metal Militia
  • Phantom Lord
  • Jump in the Fire
  • The Four Horsemen

    Mustaine, who was one of the original members of Metallica, was fired from the band by drummer Lars Ulrich in 1983. He was replaced by Kirk Hammett and went on to form Megadeth and achieve worldwide success on his own.

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      Who's that 50 year old kid screaming and jumping with a mic in his hand ?! Jason is awesome.
      Jason makes one hell of a frontman, all that energy and that vocal performance. Wow!
      I was thinking the same thing...not a huge Metallica or Megadeth fan but this was awesome. Jason truly is a ****ing great frontman and should consider it.
      "Merr, merr screaming, not singing. Merr, merr hate hate hate" Its the same sort of vocal style as Hetfield was using in the KEA days and its how he hit those high raspy notes on songs like Metal Militia for example. Granted back then, he was still finding his voice but what Jason is doing here isn't exactly something much different than what was done on the record.
      Jason screams to much, at first it's cool but after a few minutes it starts to get annoying
      that is so cool they are jamming Metallica songs. as a fan of both Megadeth, and Metallica, as long as the guys are having fun.. that's all that matters!
      Dave replicated his young style of "play whatever I want as long as it's out-of-key" pretty well.
      this is not singing, he just screams.... i like him, but if you think he is better singer then hetfield or somebody else then you must be deaf
      Does this mean Mustaine fanboys are finally going to stop saying Dave wrote every song on Master of Puppets and ...And Justice for all, as well as every song on Kill 'em All and Ride the Lightning???
      Jason is cool and all, but it sounds like he is trying to hard to sound Metal.... But of course, its better than Dave singing
      Jason's stage moves seem to damn awkward to me, and I don't like his vocals. I was hoping I'd really enjoy this
      more of like it's awkward to see Jason without his bass, much like seeing Hetfield without his guitar.
      :O .... Aww, MAN, I wish Gigantour came near me this time....and I hope they do more of these songs like this. Those songs fit Megadeth SHOCKINGLY well (well, maybe not so shocking, heh).
      Way Cool JR.
      This was pretty cool that these dudes actually pulled together and did this. I would of much rather had Newsted back on the bass and Mustaine singing tho. Newsted is a way better bassist than a vocalist (IMO)LOL. Also (IMO) Mustaine's voice would of fit this song much,much better. I did enjoy it tho and kudos to the guys for manning up and actually doing it. Metallica could learn a few things from these dudes.
      What's this crowd seriously? zombies, i would go ****ing nuts if i would have been here.
      Great frontman energy and confidence, though I wish he's sing a cleaner vocal.
      Gee Halen
      Wha...? Did I just watch one of the beswt Metallica performances in the past 20 years or did I just watch how Metallica should be?
      yes megadeth is A LOT better than metallica live ive seen both about 8 times megadeth a few more times..metallica is very sloppy and the drums are NO WHERE NEAR WHAT THEY ARE ON THE CD(STUDIO MAGIC) i passed up on a free tcket last time they came to town,because i already knew what i bwas gonna get....megadeth is always tight and energetic!!!!!
      That's completely relative. I saw megadeth live as well as Metallica and I completely disagree but of course that's my opinion. Megadeth doesn't have nearly the amount of hits that Metallica does as well.
      how is that better than metallica? jason can't sing. mustains solos suck. hetfield is the over-all cooler guy. and anyways.... this whole thing is kinda weird... feels like your ex-girlfriends hanging out together.... you know what i mean??
      If Lemmy can't pull Motorhead due to all his health issues Jason Newsted should replace him, he sings the same and is an amazing bassist. Not saying it would be better, just a good fit for dire straits.