Jason (far left) back int’ Metallica days

While we’ve all been busy high-fiving each other and spaffing our thrashy pants over the fact that Jason Newsted is back, the man himself has inevitably spent the last few months fighting off questions mainly directed at his time with Metallica.

One such burning issue has been the missing bass parts that many feel blighted his first album with The Biggest Metal Band In The World – namely 88′s …And Justice For All.

“There are so many years of water under the bridge with that and I can now see it for what it is,” he tells Metal Exiles. “There is no real confusion or mystery to me now that I can look back after time and look on the situation. When I went in to record Justice, I had only recorded one time and that was with Flotsam for Doomsday. I was used to recording with the band, you go in together, do it and you’re done.

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Newsted 2013

“With Justice, I went into the studio with an assistant engineer and nobody else, no other band members, just go in, plug in and do your best. I plugged into the same shit I did the Flotsam record, recorded my parts and loaded my gear and went home. There was nobody there to work parts out with or discuss how this or that was going to sound; it was just “record your bass” and that’s that. Being a bass player in Flotsam, I did not know about playing the to the bass part yet, I just knew about playing bass really fast like guitar, basically everybody playing the same thing like a sonic wall. So it ended up with everything being in the same frequency, my bass and James’ [Hetfield] guitar battling for the same frequency.

“If I had known then what I know now, it would have been different, but it became a classic album for what it was; we captured a moment in time and that is all there is about it. I used to be pissed about it back then, but that was a long time ago, but the records I have made since then have had some ugly bass parts all over the place on them!”

Debut Newsted EP Metal is out now, while the man himself will be playing both Download and the Boat Party before our Golden Gods Awards in June! Shit’s gonna get messy.

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