Jason Newsted Claims to Have “Stabilized” Metallica Following Cliff Burton’s Death
Jason Newsted joined Metallica and 1986 following the death of bassist Cliff Burton in Sweden. Newsted would spend 15 years into the group until he left the group in 2001 to focus on his own music. in a new interview, he discussed how he helped stabilize the band at the time following the release of their album at the time “Master of Puppets.”
Speaking with WZZR (Real Radio 94.3), Newsted talked about his time in the group and how he was able to help the band moving on following Cliff Burton’s death saying. “The stabilization of the band I would like to take some credit for. Yes, it was hard work; yes, it’s not for everyone; but, holy crap, what we were able to accomplish,” said Newsted.
He credited Metallica’s massive success to “the right combination of people at the right time and the right amount of people to go play for in the world,” noting, “It was all demographics and politics and all those things that got us to where we were.”
Newsted talked about the state of the band when he first joined saying “The hard work that went into that and the foundation and stability that it created after such a fracturing because of Cliff’s passing… They would have just as soon not done anything else once that happened.”
Their refusal to stop was driven by Newsted, who claims he “had to come in and be that propulsion, be the new engine that helped this fractured being….It’s a thing that’s bigger than all of [us]. It’s an entity unto itself,” he mused, continuing, “So those years that I did it was just stabilizing the whole thing. Fifteen years later, it was stabilization. So that’s what I was able to be. I showed up — first one in, last one out. I always went with that kind of mentality.”
It’s for those reasons he feels, “That’s why it got to where it got,” touching on Metallica finding their way onto the airwaves, stating, “That’s how heavy metal of that sharp tooth was able to get on the radio.”
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Posted by Real Radio 94.3fm on Thursday, October 3, 2019