MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine says that he is “ready” to perform the classic METALLICA song “Metal Militia” with former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted on stage at one of the upcoming shows on this summer’s Gigantour.
Newsted, who quit METALLICA in February 2001, is the frontman of a new band, simply called NEWSTED, which is taking part in this year’s edition of Gigantour, the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by Mustaine.
NEWSTED is being forced to miss this week’s Gigantour dates in Canada after Jason was diagnosed with “walking pneumonia.”
In a new message on his Twitter profile, Mustaine writes: ” I hope you are feeling better @JasonCNewsted. We miss you and are ready to do #MetalMilitia when you get back. @Gigantour2013″
Mustaine previously hinted that he would invite Newsted up on stage to perform a song Dave co-wrote during his short tenure with the band.
Addressing his followers on Twitter, Mustaine wrote: “If I play a song I wrote in @Metallica w/@JasonCNewsted, which should it be?”
Mustaine then listed the following METALLICA tracks for fans to choose from:
* Ride The Lightning
* The Call Of Ktulu
* Metal Militia
* Phantom Lord
* Jump In The Fire
* The Four Horsemen
Mustaine, who was one of the original members of METALLICA, was fired from the band by drummer Lars Ulrich in 1983. He was replaced by Kirk Hammett and went on to form MEGADETH and achieve worldwide success on his own.
In a recent interview with SkullsNBones.com, Newsted said: “There is a chance that Mustaine and I will bust out some old METALLICA that he was a part of [on the upcoming Gigantour]… There is a chance. It has been talked about. Whatever happens for sure, I don’t know [laughs], but I’m willing to throw down ‘Phantom Lord’. Actually, whatever he calls out, I’m gonna throw down.”