Jason Newsted debuts Would and Steal

bassist Jason NewstedJason Newsted debuts Would and Steal

Ex-Metallica bassist shows softer side in webcast of his new acoustic project

By David Sands
July 26, 2016

Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted revealed a mellower side of himself during a live webcast last Friday where he debuted his new primarily acoustic project, Would and Steal.

Presented by the Bay area music shop Mighty Fine Guitars, the Facebook webcast featured Newsted playing guitar alongside W&S bandmate Rob Tucker, who helped with vocals and contributed his skills on the cajon, a Peruvian percussion instrument. Prior to Would and Steal, the two played together in The Chophouse Band, a group associated with the ex-Metallica musician’s record label.

During the event, Newsted explained his new toned-down direction.

“I can’t play like Slipknot now; those guys are heavier and faster than I could ever dream of playing now,” he said. “So this is how I can play, and this is what I’ll do for the rest of time.”

Newsted went on to say that the style was the kind of music he now wanted to “share with everybody” and that it would be no different in “attitude, approach or commitment” as his metal material.

The former Metallica musician is slated to return to Mighty Fine Guitars in Lafayette, California August 5 and 6 with some still-to-be-revealed friends for two shos that will benefit Little Kids Rock, a charity that helps young people attending financially challenged schools get instruments and musical training.

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