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Jason Newsted


Bass guitarist and vocalist for the rock music group Metallica, the group known for albums like Wipe out ‘Em All. He treasured the edginess of KISS’s Gene Simmons and drew upon him for motivation. He changed Cliff Burton as the bassist in Metallica. He wedded Judy Newsted in 1988 plus they got divorced that same calendar year. He was bandmates with Adam Hetfield while with Metallica.

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Full Name Jason Newsted
Date Of Birth March 4, 1963
Place Of Birth Battle Creek, MI
Height 1.75 m
Profession Bassist
Education Gull Lake High School
Nationality American
Spouse Nicole Leigh Smith, Judy Newsted, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven
Music Groups Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven, Metallica, Flotsam and Jetsam, Voivod, Newsted, Echobrain, Rock Star Supernova, WhoCares, Papa Wheelie, Spastik Children
Movies Some Kind of Monster, Metallica: Master of Puppets, Metallica: Phantom Puppets, Metallica: Reflections
TV Shows Rock Star
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1Currently touring on the Ozzfest tour playing Bass with Ozzy Osbourne and Voivod. [August 2003]
2Jason joined the band Supernova that is seeking a singer for the new band. The other band members are Gilby Clarke (guitar), and Tommy Lee (drums). The band selected Lukas Rossi to be their lead singer on September 13, 2006 on the television show Rock Star: Supernova. [July 2006]
3Officially leaves Metallica after being in the band for 14 years. [January 2001]
4His nephew Michael is a very talented up-and-coming Christian musician.
5Replaced by Robert Trujillo in Metallica.
6Participated in Rock Star Supernova, a supergroup created through the reality television series, Rock Star: Supernova.
7He played with Flotsam and Jetsam from 1983 to 1986.
8Replaced original Metallica bassist Cliff Burton in 1986 after Burton was tragically killed in a tour bus accident when Metallica's bus crashed in Sweden while they were touring Europe.
9On March 17, 2003, he was showcased as the newest member of Ozzy Osbourne's band. However, he remains with the legendary metal act Voivod and appeared on their self-titled 2003 album as well as their latest album due out in 2005. His relationship as friend and part time collaborator goes back almost 20 years and he has contributed to their music before, notably on the song "M-Body" for the album Phobos.
10(October 9, 2002) Joins Canadian metal group Voivod as their permanent bassist, gets a new moniker from the band ("Jasonic") and makes his debut on their 13th studio album "The Multiverse" due to be released on 4 March 2003 (Jason's 40th Birthday).
11Ex-bassist of the heavy metal band Metallica.



Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day2014performer: "Soldierhead" - as Newsted / writer: "Soldierhead"
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster2004Documentary writer: "Tommy Boy", "Highway 44", "Keep Me Alive"
The Prince of Pennsylvania1988writer: "Hammerhead"



At Hell's Door: Behind the Scenes at Hellfest2013TV Movie
Metallica: Enter Sandman1991Video shortJason Newsted (uncredited)



Hired Gun2016DocumentaryHimself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Whole Lotta Shakin'2009VideoHimself
Metallica: The Videos 1989-20042006VideoHimself
Rock Star: Supernova2006TV SeriesHimself
The Work of Director Anton Corbijn2005Video documentaryHimself (segments "Hero of the Day" and "Mama Said") (as Metallica)
When Metallica Ruled the World2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster2004DocumentaryHimself
Metallica: Dark Souls2003Video documentaryHimself
MTV Icon: Metallica2003TV Special documentaryHimself (Bassist) (as Metallica)
Classic Albums: Metallica - The Black Album2001Video documentaryHimself (Bassist) (as Metallica)
MTV Video Music Awards 20002000TV SpecialHimself (Bassist) (as Metallica)
100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock2000TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Member, Metallica
S&M Documentary2000Video shortHimself (uncredited)
FanClub2000TV SeriesHimself
Making the Video2000TV Series documentaryHimself
MADtv2000TV SeriesHimself
Metallica: S&M2000TV Special documentaryHimself (Bassist) (as Metallica)
MTV Video Music Awards 19991999TV SpecialHimself - Performer (as Metallica)
Woodstock '991999TV SpecialHimself (Bassist) (as Metallica)
Hero of the Day1998VideoHimself (Bassist) (as Metallica)
Metallica: Cunning Stunts1998Video documentaryHimself (Bassist) (as Metallica)
Metallica: Live Covers1998TV MovieHimself (Bassist) (as Metallica)
Metallica TV1998TV SpecialHimself
Behind the Music1998TV Series documentaryHimself
MTV Video Music Brasil 19981998TV MovieHimself - Performer
Metallica: Reload/Rehearse/Request1998TV Movie documentaryHimself - Bassist
The 24th Annual American Music Awards1997TV SpecialHimself (Bassist) (as Metallica)
Woodstock '941995Video documentaryHimself (Bassist) (as Metallica)
Headbangers Ball1995TV SeriesHimself
Metallica: Live Shit - Binge & Purge, San Diego1993Video documentaryHimself (Bassist) (as Metallica)
Metallica: Live Shit - Binge & Purge, Seattle1993VideoHimself
For Those About to Rock: Monsters in Moscow1992DocumentaryHimself (as Metallica)
MTV Video Music Awards 19921992TV SpecialHimself - Metallica Bassist
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica1992Video documentaryHimself - Bassist
Metallica: Live Tushino Airfield, Moscow 28 Sept 1991 - Monsters of Rock Festival1991VideoHimself (as Metallica)
Metallica: 2 of One1989VideoHimself (Bassist) (as Metallica)

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Video on Trial2006TV SeriesHimself
SNL: 25 Years of Music1999TV MovieHimself (as Metallica)

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1When I came into Metallica, I had to do justice to Cliff's work, but I also had to put my own signature on it. No one could be Cliff Burton; Cliff Burton was the Jimi Hendrix of bass. I had to practice, practice, practice to get anywhere close to where he was.
2Yes, we sell out...every seat in the house, every time we play, anywhere we play.

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