Jason Newsted says one of the reasons he’s pursuing his acoustic project is because he achieved everything he could in heavy music while he was with Metallica.

He’s happy for bands like Slipknot to take up the mantle – and admits he can’t play “heavier and faster” the way he used to.

He last week unveiled Would And Steal, a duo featuring Rob Tucker, which focuses on classic Americana.

Newsted says in a video, “After 30 years of playing heavy music, I’ve been around the globe about five times. I’ve already climbed that mountain. We got Grammy awards, the Hall Of Fame and all those different things. That’s as far as you can go in that kind of music. It’s someone else’s turn to have fun in that music now.”

He adds, “I can’t play like Slipknot now. Those guys are heavier and faster than I could ever dream of playing now. This is how I can play, and this is what I’ll do for the rest of time.”

Newsted – who’s also worked with Ozzy Osbourne, Voivod, Flotsam And Jetsam, Echobrain and the recent self-titled solo project he shut down in 2014 – says he still plays metal “all the time.”

He adds, “This project happens to be the thing that I want to share with everybody. There’s not a big deal about making money, or competing with anybody else. Whatever happens in our studio now is what we’re trying to share with anybody that gives a crap. If they want to share it, that’s cool. If they don’t, and they only like metal, then peace and more power to you. I’m doing this and that’s what’s good for me. I hope everybody else decides what’s good for them.”

Reflecting on his chosen genre of music, he says, “As I play this, I find myself being able to expose myself to more people. I’d say age four to 94 can listen to this music and enjoy it. How can’t you like Johnny Cash? You have to like those songs, American music like that.”

Newsted will front two acoustic benefit shows for the Little Kids Rock music education charity on August 5th and 6th at Mighty Fine Guitars in California.

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  • Frank T on

    Definitely one of the stranger guys in metal and I guess now Americana. I really liked his solo record and hope he returns to releasing more material like that in the future. But at least he isn’t a sleaze ball scumbag like Vince Neil.

    • Michael B on

      One of the stranger guys in metal? If anything, he sounds like on of the most grounded musicians out there. The guy went from obscurity to one of the biggest bands of all time, playing to millions, making millions, then walked away from it because things weren’t right for him.

      He’s never commented on why he pulled the plug on that solo band he had going a few years ago, but maybe this is part of it. People mature, and interests change.

  • bringerofwar2016 on

    Excellent work Jason!! It’s good to have something for everyone’s listening pallet!! Much appreciated!!

  • Harold Taint on

    To be honest, I always found him to be annoying.

    • Michael B on

      He was always contrary in his views, and I think can be a good thing.

  • Doug on

    As we get older, interests change and you have to respect that. It appears Jason is not forgetting his metal roots, he is simply venturing into something that is fascinating to him at this point in his life.

  • Frank T on


    No stories about the new Alter Bridge album? There’s a brand new single out now entitled “Show Me A Leader” & the long version is killer!

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