Ecstatic Metallica Fan Lives Dream Of Playing Bass With Band

Jason N. of California is going to live his lifelong dream of playing with Metallica when he joins the legendary metal band for their Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony performance this weekend. “I’m freakin’ over the moon, man,” says the eager young fan, clearly bursting at the seams.

OK, Jason Newsted played bass with Metallica from 1986 to 2001, the height of their success. And he’s super-duper-POOPER psyched to play again for this one show. His Billboard interview is almost over-the-top in nice-guy stuff.

Going from “Aw, shucks” modesty…

I just planned on going, looking good in my suit, hanging out with my family, going up and getting the award, making a nice speech.

…to indie-rock keep-it-posi diplomacy…

My first question was, ‘How’s Robert with that? How does he feel about that? I don’t want to create any kind of negative anything. I want this all to be proper.’

…to SUPER indie-rock keep-it-WAY-posi diplomacy

I felt strongly they should go as that band and represent Metallica,” Newsted explains, “because they’re strong right now, together. Those four guys in Metallica are out there knocking the shit down, standing tall, able, prowess, chops are in order…There aren’t many times the Hall of Fame can induct a band that’s fully capable like that.

You are supposed to be in the baddest metal band in the world! Why do you have be such a sunny ball of good vibes? When did you join No Age?

Metallica Reuniting ‘Black Album’ Band For Hall Of Fame Show [Billboard]

  • brasstax

    I like Newsted, always have. It’s a shame the Metallifellers ran him out of town.

  • Marth

    I heard that to best recreate their recordings on stage, 3 of them will perform a song from And Justice For All patched through a single Yamaha practice amp while Jason and Robert both go out for a smoke break.

  • itsmejill

    He was always my favorite. And let’s not forget that he WAS a humble fan of the band when he tried out for them. Doubt Flotsam & Jetsam are going to the Hall of Fame anytime soon.

  • Marth

    Boy, it’ll be awfully embarrassing for everyone when Jethro Tull gets inducted instead.

  • Anonymous

    Marth is on a roll

  • Ned Raggett

    @tim_loves_cats: Cosign.

  • TheContrarian

    Yeah, Marth wins the internet.

  • Anonymous

    This guy is quite sweet, really. No snark here.

  • Lucas Jensen

    @Marth: I wanna kiss you (in my best Joe Namath voice).

  • Al Shipley

    I wish indie rockers placed value on things like “knocking the shit down, standing tall, able, prowess, chops are in order.”

  • almostred

    @Marth: I get the joke, i.e. best heavy metal album of 1989, but it raises a more interesting question:

    What band has had to / will have to accommodate the most ex-members upon induction into the RRHoF? My vote goes to Tull or ELO or Hawkwind, not that there’s much chance they’ll ever get in.

    You get the picture. Who else?

  • spankyjoe


    Prior to their induction, I would have put Sabbath on that list, what with all the post-Ozzy lineup changes, including Dio, Appice, etc.

  • The Illiterate

    @almostred: King Crimson

  • baconfat

    @almostred: Guided By Voices, hands down.

  • Christopher R. Weingarten

    Sab only has the original four members inducted. P-Funk has 16 right now!

  • spankyjoe

    @Christopher R. Weingarten:

    I considered doing the math to see whether Sabbath or P-Funk has a greater ratio of inducted band members to total band members, but quickly decided that was a dumb idea.

    Once an induction takes place, can a secondary induction take place if the band continues on and an additional group of replacement musicians end up with just as many accolades as the originals? I mean, the number of cases in which that would apply is pretty non-existent, but Sabbath and P-Funk’s situations kind of beg the question. Well, mostly Sabbath’s. (The Dio years are pretty boss in my book.)

  • Anonymous

    @Marth: ha!
    @Lucas Jensen: HA!!

  • DJorn

    @almostred: Jefferson Airplane is in. Does that count all the dudes in Starship? Can they tell their neighbors that they are in the RnR HOF? Do they still have puffy hair?

  • Stieg Larsson

    Metallica forever!