Ex-METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted will reform his NEWSTED band for the first time in nearly a decade on May 20 at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Newsted, who plays bass and sings in the project, will be joined by original NEWSTED members Jesus Mendez Jr. (UNDERLORD) on drums and Jessie Farnsworth (UNDERLORD) on guitar, along with new guitarist Humberto Perez.
Tickets go on sale Friday, April 21 at 10 a.m.
Speaking with Ultimate Guitar in a 2017 interview, Jason said that it was “too much of a load” having to “wear all the hats and doing the writing, singing, playing and paying for everything” during the time when the band was active .
Jason said: “It cost me an awful lot of money — hundreds of thousands of dollars to take the NEWSTED band around to the 22 countries we played. But it was worth it for the lessons I learned and the respect that was shown to us and the camaraderie of the band. But I couldn’t continue because the business is such a harsh thing now and so different than what I had known.”
“Heavy Metal Music” arrived in August 2013 in North America via Chophouse Records/Collective Sounds and in Europe through Spinefarm Records.
Just this past February, Jason Newsted told radio station Gator 98.7 FM that he “spent six months of last year putting together THE CHOPHOUSE BAND ‘Volume 1′”, saying: “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.”