Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has no problem playing the age card when discussing in his decision to launch a mostly acoustic project, Would and Steal.

In a live Facebook chat with Mighty Fine Guitars on Friday, Newsted spoke about the surprising turn his musical journey has taken, three decades after replacing Cliff Burton in Metallica.

  • He said: “After thirty years of playing heavy music and travelling around the world — I’ve been around the globe about five and a half times, fifty-five countries — I’ve already climbed that mountain; there is no more of that mountain to be climbed. So within the accolades that I shared of the group’s success — I was one member of that group, something bigger than all of us; and we got Grammy Awards and [Rock And Roll] Hall Of Fame and all those different things — that’s as far as you can go in that kind of music, and it’s someone else’s turn to have fun in that music now.”
  • Newsted says he isn’t even going to try to compete with some of the newer guys: “I can’t play like Slipknot now; those guys are heavier and faster than I could ever dream of playing now. So this is how I can play, and this is what I’ll do for the rest of time.”
  • But even though this section of his journey is a bit more mellow, he says he still plays metal “all the time.”
  • Newsted and undisclosed friends will play two acoustic benefit concerts for Little Kids Rock on August 5th and 6th at Might Fine Guitars in Lafayette, California.


  • Metallica has one live date on its schedule at the moment, at the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on August 20th.
  • Metallica’s long-awaited new album will arrive on October 14th of this year, according to a report in Bild, Germany’s largest daily newspaper. This release date, however, has not been confirmed by Universal, the conglomerate that currently distributes the band’s music overseas. The band itself has not given any hint of when the disc will come out, except to say that they expect to have it out this year.


Watch Jason Newsted talk about the inspiration for Would and Steal:


  • Jon Wilmer writes, “Jason Newstead gets to do whatever he wants. Hope he takes this on the road so I get to see it!”
  • Per Jensen writes, “This sounds amazing. Jason is on fire.”
  • Joe Beedle writes, “Jason Newsted, the new Man in Black.”