Jason Newsted Responds to Why He Always Wore a Metallica Shirt During His Tenure With the Band
In a new interview with Talk Toomey, former Metallic bass player Jason Newsted answered why he always wore a Metallic t-shirt on stage during his tenure with the heavy metal bandaged.
News joined Metallic in 1986 as a bassist. They have released eleven albums in total together. When the time came to 2001, News had to announce that he was parting ways with the band, and Robert Trujillo became the band’s new bassist for $1 million after their breakup.
However, during his recent appearance on Knotfest’s Talk Toomey, Jason Newsted discussed one of the most curious questions of himself. He said when the interviewer asked him why he always wore Metallic t-shirt on stage that he believed himself and his band Metallica.
“I would do whatever I could, what was in my power, to promote and convey our success,” he continued. “I would sacrifice myself in any way requested; there were no limits. I would do whatever it takes, what I could possibly do, within my limited knowledge and experience, to play my part to the best of my ability so that we succeed.
“Flying the colors made me – as Jason Isbell says – ‘a black metal t-shirt my shield.’ It was. And it always was. And it was my fuckin’ band name on the front. And guess what? There’s no bigger one.
“So I wear this with pride – I wear my colors more proudly than any Hell’s Angel or anything else through time.”
“And a little side note that comes with doing what I can for the cause. If you come back and talk to the guy after the show who comes to talk to Lars about the dough… He says, ‘By the way, Jay, you know the ‘executioner’ shirt you’ve been wearing for three days? It outsold everything else by 40%. So take that with you, okay?
“And everyone gets that money – manager, team member, band member. Everyone shares this money. Here it is, my brother.