One-time Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has revealed his newfound respect for his former band mates - especially drummer Lars Ulrich.
Newsted was discussing his current band Newsted's tour plans with Rolling Stone when he revealed Ulrich's savvy obsession with understanding audiences and where to book shows:
"I used to give him grief because, 'Dude, how come you're not practicing more? How come you're not on time?' And he's like, 'If you only knew what I had to do.' I didn't realize, but he was so on top of that kind of stuff, and geographically aware and all these things. 'We gotta go here, they're letting Western music in here, now we're going here,' that kind of thing.
"He was so on top of it, but I didn't realize it until now. I've gained so much respect for all those guys in the camp, but especially him in particular," Newsted added.
The pair have only seen each other twice since they were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Metallica in 2009, but met at the Golden God awards last night where Metallica were awarded the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement award.
Reflecting on the award, Ulrich says Metallica's greatest achievement is that they're still together. "We actually talk to each other. We can all be in the same room. We can sit on the same airplane together. We can stay in the same hotel. We can hang out at dinner. And I think that's probably the greatest achievement of all of them," he told Revolver ahead of the show.