Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted recently made an appearance on Palm Beach radio station Gator 98.7 FM’s Gator Garage for a live performance and question-and-answer session
When asked what musical projects he is currently working on, Jason replied (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Actually, I spent six months of last year putting together THE CHOPHOUSE BAND ‘Volume 1’. THE CHOPHOUSE BAND has been together [and] making music since 1992. So it was our first album after 30 years. I spent a lot of time on that. And then, once I got that under my belt, I’m kind of stepping back into the heavy now. So the last couple of weeks I’ve been auditioning guitar players for a heavy project. I’m back on bass and singing with a metal drummer — double bass, you know; getting’ loud again. So I’ve got a couple of irons in the fire. I’m putting two new projects together right now — but loud.”
Jason spoke further about the musical direction of the new THE CHOPHOUSE BAND material, saying: “THE CHOPHOUSE BAND started out as almost a bluegrass-tinged thing, and now it gets to some places that are as heavy as anything else that I’d been involved with — VOIVOD, Ozzy [Osbourne], METALLICA, NEWSTED band; any of that stuff — it gets to those places now.”
Newsted continued: “Now since the last time anybody saw THE CHOPHOUSE BAND, we have a vocal group within the band. Now there are four singers in the band. So I can actually really concentrate on playing the guitar and then singing that background stuff. And there’s screaming and some [growling] also. So I still haven’t lost that. And it lets people know that there’s still one foot in that place. You can take the boy out of the metal [but] you can’t take the metal out of the boy; it’s just the way it’s always gonna be. So I’m excited for people to be able to witness what we have been working so hard at. I put a lot — a lot — of energy into these new songs.”
Named after Jason’s four recording studio facilities around the U.S. and featuring a fluid roster of players, THE CHOPHOUSE BAND came together in 1992 when Newsted founded The Chophouse Records Studio in San Francisco.
THE CHOPHOUSE BAND is headed up by Newsted, who plays guitar and sings, along with close friends/musicians of all types.