Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has revealed his anger at his published comments about Alex Van Halen’s plans for a Van Halen tribute tour, saying it made him consider never being interviewed again .
Newsted’s quotes led to worldwide speculation, with former frontman David Lee Roth and virtuoso guitarist Joe Satriani confirming talks had taken place for such a project, with Satriani expressing surprise that Newsted had returned it. audience.
In a chat with 98.7 The Gater (video below), the bassist said, “That was bad, man. I’m not happy about that. I’m really, really not happy about that. He explained that he only agreed to the controversial interview in order to promote a benefit concert for a children’s arts charity tonight (April 23). “We take advantage of performances to put paintbrushes and guitars in the hands of children,” he said. “That’s what I do now…we make a profit, period, for art programs for children.
“I agreed to do this interview…to pass the information on the Goldner Conservatory to the Maltz Theater which is going to have classes for children and do exactly what I said. So if I’m going to talk about this, and I ‘ve mentioned two little things here about the calls I’ve had over the last 20 years from anyone…I’ve talked about that for two seconds, and that’s what they chose to go for. They didn’t talk about the conservatory, the children’s classes, the things we do.
Newsted – who reported that the journalist in question was not ‘invited’ to tonight’s show – argued that there was not much about his career that had not been discussed “700 times”. He continued: “[W]Why are you still asking me this question? It does not mean anything. Let’s move on to what interests us. There is a future here. Everyone knows my past. Let’s talk about what’s to come, not what’s already happened.
He underlined: “It really rubbed my shoulders. I don’t know what interviews I will do again. I don’t know if I’ll say yes to anything.
Newsted and his Chophouse Band appear tonight at Maltz Jupiter Theater in Jupiter, Florida, to benefit the institution’s Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts program. They will deliver “classic folk songs from legendary acts like Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and many more”.
Listen to Jason Newsted’s interview
Changes in Van Halen’s lineup
Three different vocalists and two different bassists have joined the Van Halen brothers over the years.