Ex-Metallica Bassist Jason Newsted Launches New Project

Ex-Metallica Bassist Jason Newsted Launches New Project
Jason Newsted was Metallica's bassist for 15 years, and since quitting in 2001, he has bounced between a few projects, including Echobrain, Voivod and the reality TV band Rock Star Supernova. Now, he's finally getting ready to release music under his given name in the form of the project Newsted Heavy Metal Music.

Recently speaking with New York's Q104.3 FM [via Blabbermouth], Newsted explained that this is the first time he has tried in earnest to reach out to the same fans who followed him as a member of Metallica. "It took me 12 years to come back to earth, and here I am now," he said of his years since leaving the iconic metal group. "And my big, black boots are on the ground and I'm ready to go."

It's currently unclear exactly what shape the project will take, but Newsted revealed that he has a wealth of previous material to draw from. "I don't even know what the heck I'm gonna do," he admitted. "I have so much music from over the years. I have a bunch of new stuff, I have so many mixes of projects with people — new players, young players, old-school players like myself — so I'm just trying to figure out exactly what I wanna unleash on everybody first. That's kind of what it's coming down to — the timing of things and how I wanna hit people with it, and which stuff."

He spoke about his desire to release music on special-edition vinyl with lyric sheets, but also enthused about the possibilities about more modern methods of putting out tunes. He discussed possibly releasing a string of four-song EPs and spoke about the freedom of being able to put music online.

Along with starting a Facebook page and Twitter account, Newsted has launched NewstedHeavyMetal.com. While he still hasn't posted any material from Newsted Heavy Metal Music, you can get a brief taste of music in the teaser video below, in which Newsted introduces the project.