As this year's Gigantour concert trek is reaching its final set of live dates, Newsted mainman Jason Newsted expressed uncertainty about ever getting to jam a classic Metallica tune onstage with Megadeth's Dave Mustaine.
The initial rumors began circulating the web back in May, while the latest reports indicated that the pair even narrowed the choice down to "Metal Militia." So during a recent chat with Artisan News, Newsted finally addressed the matter more thoroughly.
"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,'" the bassist said. "It was never something that I said or that Dave said, it was [something] that managers said to us, and now Dave and I have spoken of it."
Newsted continued with somewhat of a less enthusiastic tone, "But the way that this tour is going, it's just kind of crazy and we haven't gotten to that point yet. So we've traded lyric sheets, we've traded downtuned versions of 'Phantom Lord' and 'Metal Militia' to try to figure out what song we're gonna play, but it has never come to fruition, and we only have a few shows left. So I'm not sure if it actually ever is [going to happen].
"I'm open to jam with anybody whenever anybody wants to jam," Newsted concluded. "So if the dude calls out 'Phantom Lord,' I'll sing or play bass guitar or whatever he wants; that's all fine. But I'm just not sure it's going to happen. 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."
With over 20 live dates already wrapped up, this year's Gigantour is now down to final three dates. The last show is set to take place this Sunday (August 11) in Toronto, Canada. Apart from Megadeth and Newsted, the tour also features Black Label Society, David Draiman's Device, Hellyeah and Death Division.