Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has spoken out about his post-Metallica life while speaking to Florida Daily Post and revealed what he did to make his life better than before. Although the interview was made in February 2020, the video has recently been uploaded on YouTube.

As some of those Metallica fans know, Jason Newsted was a member of the heavy metal band Metallica. He spent 15 amazing years with the band and released four albums throughout his tenure with the band.

However, while remembering the days he played with the band, Jason Newsted made heartbreaking comments and made fans emotional. He stated in his words that he will never talk a bad word for the members of the Metallica.

Jason Newsted Says He Could Not Play Metallica Songs Anymore

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Kicking off his words about Metallica, Jason Newsted mentioned his current state of health and stated that he has been recovering and 90-percent full. He also said he couldn’t play Metallica songs anymore and explained the reason.

“The surgeries kind of set me back,” says Jason. “I kept playing music the best that I could, and I haven’t ever been able to come all the way back; I’m, like, 90-something percent full. I can’t play the full Metallica stuff; I couldn’t do the show anymore like that.

“As the times went by in the earlier years, ‘What if? What if? What it? What if? What it you had stayed? What if? What if? – that kind of thing. And everybody – except for maybe my sister, my wife and my dad and my brothers and my mom; they, ‘You do you.’

“They were in it close enough with me. They went to enough shows. They saw enough of the backstage stuff. They saw what took place. And they were, like, ‘We get it. You do you. We’ll be around for you.'”

Jason Recalls People’s Reaction To His Leaving From Metallica

Jason Newsted, 2013. (image credit: Ragnar Singsaas)

Continuing his words, Jason Newsted touched on the fans and people’s reaction to his leaving the band. He also mentioned the life he lived after he departed from Metallica.

“But everybody else, whether they knew me, or they call me Jason anyway because they knew my name, but I didn’t know them, there’s millions of those people – millions of those people – and they all had something to say about it,” Jason stated. “‘How in the hell could you do that? You’re throwing away tens of millions of dollars? Why would you do that? Why would you step out of the biggest and best band of all time? What are you thinking?’

“You don’t know where I’ve been. But it took me a while to convince them. So, as I think about that ‘What if? What if? What if?’, it worked out exactly like it was supposed to. I’m not saying I could have planned it or anything like that. So it took for the years to subside, which is really nice, and now I’ve got 19 years. I’ve had a whole other two or three lifetimes since I was in that big thing that provided all of this for me.”

He Admits He Will Never Talk Bad For Metallica Members

Jason Newsted, 2013. (image credit: Christin Kersten)

Concluding his words, Jason Newsted admitted that his former bandmates gave him his life. He also revealed how people reacted to his relationship with fans and stated that they made fun of him.

“I’ll never talk a bad word about anything like that or the guys; they gave me my chance and my life, and I worked as hard as I could,” he said. “I was always with the fans.

“Something back here told me I have to spend every minute I can with the people ’cause it’s not always gonna be like this. And so I did; that was my thing.

“They made fun of me for how much time I spent with the fans. Really – they ridiculed me for how much time I spent with the fans. And now I wouldn’t change one thing. I had my doubts at a certain time, but now I know.”

[via BM]