Jason Newsted: 'I Feel Like I'm 19 Again and Just Ready to Kill It'

Former Metallica bassist says he feels like a teenager again, discusses the new album and more.

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In a recent Noisecreep interview, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted talked about his new band, upcoming debut album plans and tour dates.

Newsted is still very excited about the whole project, commenting that he feels like a teenager again. As far as the debut full-length release goes, the "Metal" EP follow-up is currently in the works featuring the recently-added guitarist Mike Mushok of Staind.

"Rehearsals have been very powerful. This is old-school metal and I think people are going to like us live. People will love this band - I mean, I'm a fan of these guys! I watch Mike play and it is beyond description. This tour is to be done with a real punk rock ethic," the bassist said.

"This is just a chance to dust the rust off of the band and get into small places where I can see everyone's eyes. There's no grand production or pyro or anything - it's just us and the music. It's about the positive energy and reactions to music. We're just real happy to get close to the people."

"I feel like I'm 19 again and just ready to kill it. I've had the blessing of being with some pretty serious outfits and I really have always tried to pay attention when given those chances. In this case, I've never been able to do this - my lyrics - my songs top to bottom - I'm taking this very seriously and I think people will love these shows."

Although he doesn't show much regret for leaving Metallica, Newsted did admit missing "special places" he got to visit with the band. When recently asked whether he misses being a "part of the big Metallica machine," the bassist replied:

"The only times it really stings a little bit is, it's always about the quest. It really comes down to the quest. I want to play as many places as I can play while I'm still able to play. And they went to some places that I haven't been without me, you know like South Africa, United Arab Emirates, India," the bassist tells Local Bozo. "I never got to play those places before I got out - they weren't really open to the westernized rock and roll music when I was still with them. And so now I have my own quest with my own band to get to those places. That's the only time that I really miss Metallica is going to those really special places."

Debut Newsted EP release "Metal" came out in January, landing at No. 62 on The Billboard 200 chart with 6,200 copies sold within the first week. The band is currently busy on the road, with a string of over 30 tour dates stretching until July.

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    Harry Marsh
    Good to see Newkid get back in the game!
    Feel 19, play like 19, its good he let go of Metallica and expressed himself in the best way possible \m/
    agreed. I was too young for the Burton era, so to me Metallica was always Jason on the bass. Glad to see him being classy about his former band, unlike a certain MegaDave fellow.
    Why do people seem to think Dave still bashes Metallica? The feud ended ages ago he even played live with them recently. So how is he not being classy about his former band?
    Jason was not fired like Mustaine. I'm sure its tough to not show some animosity when you're kicked out by your bros at the time.
    1) He got fired, Newsted left Metallica on his own. 2) The guys of Metallica were dicks about Mustaine too 3) They're friends now
    Joey Radical
    It's nice and inspiring to see that he does what he really wants to. That should always be more important than trying to become succesful.
    really, newsted is the clostst thing to old school there is right now, a lot of pepole try to get it, but imo the metal ep is the only real old school thing nowdays and i friggin love it, cant wait for the album
    Yeah, I hope this new venture is successful for him. If I had a band right now I would like to think that I would be doing the same old school stuff that seems a rarity now.
    Next on UG: Newsted breaks ankle during show "Shit, I guess I'm not 19 anymore"
    Jason Newsted is doing well to keep up with the times. He's frequently doing Vlogs on YouTube, constantly informing fans what's he's up to. If anything, Jason is the type of musician who likes to do what he wants. Echo brain, Metallica, Flotsam. He's a pretty well rounded bass player.
    Jason is awesome
    i love jason but im pretty sure he can do better than what ive heard so far. great bass player, great singer; which is why i was just left wondering what happened after the couple songs i heard
    Hahaha **** yeah Jason, like pantera said on one of their iconic tours "its Kill or Be Killed, and we went for the kill" go for it!
    Damn, i wish newsted went back to metallica. Or better yet, he should join Machine Head, that would be the most badass metal band imaginable.
    personally I'd like to see him involved in something a little quirkier and more off-beat like Devin Townsend rather than another 'standard' metal band
    Jason Newsted: 'I Feel Like I'm 19 Again and Just Ready to Kill It'.....The worlds best advert for Viagra.
    If i were newsted i'd go back and beat the s**t out of everyone in Metallica for the way they treated him.
    They were immature pricks. Jason was walking in the shoes of a recently dead GOD and they clearly figured he'd pussy out and leave. Not only did he prove them wrong but he went on to kick ass and get his own on stage persona. As soon as Bob Rock came on the scene Metallica had a very distinctive bass player again that was actually audible on tape.
    Can't wait to hear it, from the sound of the Ep it looks like it'll be a good thrash record with an older sound
    soldierhead is awful. pretty disappointed with nearly everything about it
    I agree, but the downvotes are imminent. He's a great and creative musician. Soldierhead is mediocre for his standards.
    i totally agree. thought it was boring i didnt like what he did with his vocals, it was like he had a lower voice and higher harmony auto-tuned and voc-aligned and it just sounds strange and i didnt like kings of demolition either, just boring generic material and i feel like he can do better than that
    Soldierhead isn't the best song, pretty generic..just like Godsnake that is repetitive as **** and boring but songs like "King of the underdogs" or "Skyscraper" stand out very nicely, they aren't the heaviest nor the thrashiest but they are not bad metal songs.
    It's pretty good, compared to other of his projects done after 'tallica...
    I donno, Papa Wheelie was pretty awesome (Flotsam & Jetsom ruled as well). But I agree some of his projects were quite subpar in quality: Echobrain and Rockstar Supernova come to mind.
    Sorry man. You lost relevance since you left MetallicA
    Metallica lost relevance since Jason left. I loved everything they did and defended Load/ReLoad to the death, but then they had to make stuff like St. Anger and Lulu and make me have to resort to being a casual/closet fan.
    Well i think.Well he thinks.Well they think.Well metallica-well metallica-well metallica....The guy is puttin down some new stuff.Some of it is pretty tasty right.Yes he played for metallica,check.Yes he isn't with them,for some time now,check.NEXT SONG!
    The crap he took when he first joined metallica has turned him into a very determined, no bullshit musician. He is a good bass player, and whether you like his music since he left metallica or hate it, he doesn't care cus he is loving what he does. fair play to him. the ironic thing here is that his personality now is the way metallica felt when they said **** it and released st anger knowing full well it was going to be provoking. always liked the guy, hope he kicks ass.