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Hear ex Metallica bassist Jason Newsted’s new acoustic project Would And Steal

by Stephen Charlton2016/07/24

Jason Newsted, best known for his 15 year tenure in thrash titans Metallica, is back with an acoustic project Would And Steal. The group, which is influenced by classic Americana, also features Rob Tucker. Newsted unveiled the project via a live webcast on Mighty Fine Guitars’ Facebook page, which you can see here.

Newsted’s acoustic direction is here to stay

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Jason Newsted performing with Would and Steal.

It’s not just a temporary dip into the world of acoustic music for the former metal monster. Newsted says:

“This is what I’ll do for the rest of time”.

He explained that he’s moved into acoustic music as he’s achieved everything he wanted to do in heavier music.

“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.”

“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’s vocals lead new project

Newsted is contributing acoustic guitar and vocals to Would And Steal. He’s no stranger to vocals, as his nasty backing vocals in Metallica definitely made his shows with the band memorable. He even occasionally took lead vocals during live shows. He also performed vocals and bass in the Newsted band from 2012 to 2014. However after their debut LP Heavy Metal Music, the band was unceremoniously discontinued without any explanation. The end of the Newsted band seems a little odd as their 2013 album entered the US top 40, which isn’t a bad showing.

Newsted said he hasn’t completely turned his back on heavy music however:

“I still play metal all the time, I still play heavy music all the time. However 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.”

“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 play two acoustic shows as a benefit for Little Kids Rock on August 5 and 6 at Mighty Fine Guitars in California. He has been associated with the charity since 2004. The non-profit provides instruments and instruction to economically disadvantaged school children.

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Stephen Charlton

Stephen Charlton is a musician, journalist and editor.

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