JASON NEWSTED On Leaving METALLICA: I Had To Step Up And Make The Sacrifice For Everybody
Elliot Levin of NY Hard Rock Examiner recently conducted an interview with former METALLICA, VOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist and current NEWSTED frontman Jason Newsted. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
NY Hard Rock Examiner: Did you think about coming up with a band name, or did you plan on touring under your own name from the start?
Jason: This really kind of happened by happenstance. It wasn't a grand plan where I sat down and planned on doing any of this. I never planned on coming back out, especially on something with my name on it. I've been doing projects and my own things for a long time, VOIVOD andECHOBRAIN and PAPA WHEELIE, and different fun things to just get my own pace and my own rules. This started out as the same type of thing. I composed some songs, my wife had got me a new iPad and I got theGarage Band app and sat down with my guitar and just wrote a bunch of songs. One of the songs happened to be for her. We just got married about six months ago, and so I wrote her a song for our wedding. I asked my boys Jesus Mendez and Jessie Farnsworth, we've been playing together for about five years, just making our improv music. So I showed them the songs, asked them to play it with me, and we went in to record her song, which is this giant ballad thing, kind of like a "Fade To Black"kind of song, starts off all mellow and nice and ends up crazy at the end. So we played it, recorded it, I had a couple of other songs in my back pocket, we said, "Let's knock 'em out." We had a week in the studio so we just played everything, and those extra songs, a couple of them ended up being "Soldierhead" and "Godsnake", "King Of The Underdogs" and"Skyscraper". We did it for fun. A couple of folks from the oldMETALLICA camp, that had worked with METALLICA in the past, they got a hold of "Soldierhead" and played it for a couple of people and, like, three weeks after we had done it, people were calling me up saying, "What are we going to do with this? What's going to be the deal? We want to be your agent, we want to be your manager." And I'm like, that's not what I'm doing here. More and more it just came, I started drawing logos on napkins, and we got someone to master it for us, and it became this thing. Came out on iTunes and went to No. 1 and here we are four months later with a world tour at our feet and an LP completed and everything's just snowballing pretty magnificently.
NY Hard Rock Examiner: It really is. Have you heard any feedback from [METALLICA members] Kirk [Hammett] or James [Hetfield] or Lars[Ulrich] about the [NEWSTED] EP?
Jason: No. I don't even know if they know I have music going. We were at the [Revolver] Golden Gods together the other night, and one of the wives said to my wife that the reason they didn't say anything at the acceptance speech, or they didn't want pictures together, it's because they didn't want to interfere with my project. So, I guess, they had someknowledge of it. But their own world is their own world. I mean, it really is a microcosm, it really is a bubble. So I'm not really sure, to tell you the truth.
NY Hard Rock Examiner: I just watched an interview with [MEGADETHmainman] Dave Mustaine yesterday, and he said that your music sounds like just what he would've expected. Is that the kind of response you were hoping for from your peers?
Jason: That's awesome! That's a great quote. Yes, that's what I want to hear from people and that they understand how honest it is. That's really my main quest, retaining the purity of this music. There's too much bullshit, faking, pretending you can play through Pro Tools falseness that I don't want to be caught up or involved in. It's important to me to fly the flag of metal in its purest form. This is all about punk rock effort; let the music do the talking.
NY Hard Rock Examiner: I don't think anyone ever faulted you for leaving [METALLICA], especially once we saw "Some Kind Of Monster"and other details came out.
Jason: I had to be the one that stepped up and made the sacrifice for everybody. I had to be the one to grow some nuts, and say this is what's going to happen, and because I did what I did, they're more successful than they've ever been, they still set the standard, James is healthier than he's ever been in his entire life. I'm clear-eyed again, I'm off drugs, I'm 19 years old again. I got more years under my belt and I'm still the same fighting weight I was on any of my tours. It's just a matter of how you go about it. The calendar goes by, but that doesn't mean you gotta get old.
AS I LAY DYING Officially Pulls Out Of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE North American Tour
Due to the recent arrest of their lead singer Tim Lambesis, San Diego metallers AS I LAY DYING have canceled their participation in the upcoming KILLSWITCH ENGAGE North American headlining tour.
Says AS I LAY DYING in a statement: "In light of recent events, AS I LAY DYING will, unfortunately, not be taking part in the upcoming tour withKILLSWITCH ENGAGE. Given the circumstances, we feel that it is best for the band to be off the road while the current situation gets sorted. We'd like to thank all of our fans for their ongoing support at this difficult time."
Lambesis was arrested on may 7 for allegedly hiring someone to kill his estranged wife. He was ordered held on $3 million bail during his arraignment hearing last Thursday and he faces nine years in state prison if convicted.
Prosecutors initially requested that Superior Court Judge Martin Stavenset Lambesis' bail at $20 million, saying the singer remains "substantially motivated to kill his wife."
Lambesis was ordered to wear a GPS monitor and turn in his passport and was warned by the judge that, if he is released from jail, he must stay away from his immediate family.
Lambesis' wife, Meggan, filed papers in September 2012 in San Diego Superior Court seeking a dissolution of the couple's marriage.
BLACK SABBATH On 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation': Entire Episode Available Online
BLACK SABBATH made a rare television appearance when the band performed a new song on the season finale of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation". The episode aired last night (Wednesday, May 15) onCBS-TV and can now be viewed in its entirety at CBS.com. The band world premiered a song called "End Of The Beginning" from their upcoming album "13". The episode's plot follows the CSI team as they investigate a series of murder that resemble the sins in "Dante's Inferno", with the trail leading the detectives played by Ted Danson andMarc Vann to attend a SABBATH concert.
"I'm not an actor," said SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne. "It's like a hurry-up-and-wait. When you see it on TV, it's all done, but when you're filming, there's a lot of stuff going on."
He added about the band's return to the spotlight: "It's been a long time, but the wait has been well worth it, 'cause the album is really good. I'm really pleased with the outcome.
"It's good fun and it's a good way of telling people that we're back together, you know?"
"13" is due out on June 11 and is the first SABBATH album in 35 years to feature Ozzy, bassist Geezer Butler and guitarist Tony Iommi.
Ozzy told an Australian radio station that the new album is "mindblowing," adding, "It's better than my wildest dreams; it's so good."
The drum tracks on the album were laid down by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE sticksman Brad Wilk following original drummer Bill Ward's decision to bow out of the reunion.
"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" is nearing the end of its 13th season and regularly wins its time period with nearly 12 million viewers per episode.
It is also a global ratings hit, earning the International TV Audience Award for the "most-watched show in the world" for the third consecutive year and its fifth time in seven years.
Linkin Park to Headline Sixth Annual Sunset Strip Music Festival
Linkin Park will be the headliner for this year’s Sunset Strip Music Festival, which takes place on August 3 on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, California.
"We started our career playing clubs on The Strip," said frontman Chester Bennington in a statement. "It’s a thrill to be back where it all began, headlining this festival in our hometown."
Tickets for the event start at $79 and are on sale now at SunsetStrip.EventBrite.com. In addition, a limited number of front-row tickets for the event are currently on sale to members of Linkin Park's official fan club, LP Underground. A percentage of the proceeds raised by the festival will benefit Music for Relief, LP’s non-profit organization that provides aid to those affected by natural disasters.
More acts for the festival will be announced in the coming weeks.
Bassist Eric Avery Quits Nine Inch Nails
Former Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery is now the former bassist for Nine Inch Nails. On Wednesday afternoon, Avery announced that he has decided to leave NIN to focus on other projects.
“It’s with very mixed emotions I tell you all that I’m pulling out of NIN,” said Avery in a post on his Facebook page. “[It has] been a tough call and I don't know if it’s the right one. But I really want to focus on my musical life here in LA, on film work in particular.”
Avery adds that another reason for his departure was that he “got overwhelmed” by the group’s upcoming tour schedule. “I just got home from a year of heavy travel withGarbage, the idea of leaving town for another year and a half, and with all the intensity that Nails demands…fortunately my friend [frontman] Trent [Reznor] understands all this and appreciated my pulling the plug now instead of deep into 2013 and 14.” A replacement for Avery has yet to be revealed.
NIN’s first concert -- featuring the new lineup of Reznor, ex-King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini and Telefon Tel Aviv’s Josh Eustis and Ilan Rubin -- will be an appearance at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival on July 26.
Queens of the Stone Age Previews “Keep Your Eyes Peeled” in Animated Teaser for ...Like Clockwork
Just one day after unveiling a snippet of “I Appear Missing” in their creepy animated series to promote their upcoming album, ...Like Clockwork, Queens of the Stone Age is now offering a preview of another new track. The three-minute clip picks up where the band left off in the “I Appear Missing” album teaser, and features a snippet of a new cut, “Keep Your Eyes Peeled.”
The video’s storyline follows a sinister figure in a spiked mask as he heads to a seedy bar filled with other masked characters. The man then throws a coin into the jukebox and begins to fight the bar’s patrons. While he manages to kill a few of the people, he's eventually outmatched by a muscular man in what appears to be a warthog mask. The bloody spiked-masked man is then thrown into an alley, where a car is racing toward him. ...Like Clockwork arrives in stores on June 4. The album will feature a number of guest appearances, including Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails, Scissor Sisters vocalist Jake Shears, former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan, pop icon Elton John, former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore, and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner. In addition, the release will include two former QOTSA members: bassist Nick Oliveri and drummer Joey Castillo.
Great Gatsby Soundtrack Debuts at #2 on Billboard 200; Gets #1 Spot on Digital Albums Chart
Fans aren't just crazy about The Great Gatsby movie; they're also hungry for the film's music. The soundtrack, featuring acts like Jack White, Gotye, Florence + the Machine,The xx and Lana Del Rey, has debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart with sales of 137,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
While the compilation’s first-week sales performance is impressive, it doesn’t trump the initial success of the soundtrack for The Hunger Games. That album, which featured songs from The Decemberists and Arcade Fire, sold 175,000 copies and claimed the #1 spot on the tally in its first week.
In addition, The Great Gatsby soundtrack scored the top spot on Billboard’s Digital Albums chart. The set racked up 119,000 downloads its first week out, making it the largest digital sales week for a soundtrack in the chart’s history.
While a limited-edition deluxe version of the film’s soundtrack was recently released on LPs made of platinum and gold through White’s Third Man Records, a standard vinyl version of it will be available on June 11.
30 Seconds to Mars Run with a Cheetah in “The Race” Lyric Video
30 Seconds to Mars take us to Africa to experience what it's like to hunt for food in the new lyric video for “The Race,” a cut from their upcoming fourth studio album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams.
The four-minute clip features the song's lyrics flashing across the screen, accompanied by slow-motion footage of a number of animals in the wild. The main storyline, however, focuses on a cheetah that's chasing a wildebeest. For the majority of the video, the large cat seems to running down the wildebeest, but once the cheetah gets too close, the wildebeest turns and begins to chase the cheetah.
“The Race is a song about the madness of love + life, the insanity of dreams, and about how -- at times -- prey can become the predator,” says frontman Jared Leto in a statement. Love Lust Faith + Dreams will arrive in stores on Tuesday and features 12 new tracks. If you pre-order Love Lust Faith + Dreams now at iTunes, you'll score an immediate download of “Up in the Air.”
Kings of Leon Members to Host Inaugural Music City Eats Festival in Nashville
Caleb and Nathan Followill of Kings of Leon have signed on to host a new food festival in their hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. Dubbed Music City Eats, the event will include national and local superstar chefs, local restaurant showcases, cooking demonstrations, wine, beer and spirits tastings, intimate panel discussions, and live music.
"We love food as much as music and believe that Nashville can be a foodie haven if given the proper exposure to all of our great chef friends, which is why we are putting this festival on," drummer Nathan Followill says in a statement.
For the live music portion of the festival, a new installment of the long-running series ofTom Petty tribute shows known as Petty Fest will take place during the event. The concert will be hosted by Kings of Leon and the Cabin Down Below Band, along with many other special guests who will be announced in the coming weeks.
The Music City Eats Festival will take place September 21-22 in downtown Nashville. Tickets for the event go on sale on Friday at 10 a.m. CT. To see the full lineup of events and to get your tickets, visit MusicCityEats.com.
Metallica Looking to Get International Distributor for 3D Film at Cannes Film Festival
Metallica already has plans for Through the Never to hit theaters in America this fall, but now they're bringing the 3D film to the Cannes Film Festival in the hopes of screening it overseas. According to Variety, the band has partnered with Exclusive Media to screen and shop the film at the fest so they can find an international distributor for it.
"After wading through multiple international distribution options for our film, we are excited to be partnering up with the folks at Exclusive Media, who we feel understand Metallica and understand our film better than anyone else," said drummer Lars Ulrich in a statement. "Throw in the cherry-on-top, launching our international sales with a couple of screenings at the film market during a little up-and-coming film festival in Cannes, and it feels like we're off to a pretty rockin' start." Through the Never will premiere exclusively at every IMAX theater across North America for a full week starting September 27. After the flick has its run in the IMAX theaters, it will expand into additional theaters starting October 4.