NEWSTED, the new band led by former METALLICA, VOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Newsted, kicked off its first-ever U.S. tour this past Friday, April 19 at Red House in Walnut Creek, California. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. The 14-date trek will conclude on May 23 in Asbury Park, New Jersey and will lead into a number of European festival appearances for the band, which is completed by STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok, drummer Jesus Mendez Jr. and guitarist Jessie Farnsworth.
NEWSTED has just completed recording its first full-length album, to be released later this year. NEWSTED began mixing the effort last week, with more details to be announced soon.
Mushok had said earlier when he joined the group, “I loved the old-school vibe of [NEWSTED‘s] ‘Metal’ EP, and when we got together to jam, it really felt great. STAIND is taking a break for a while, so when Jason asked if I was interested in joining them to record an album and play on the upcoming tour, it was perfect timing. All I could say was, ‘Hell yeah! I’m totally down for this.'”
Newsted himself told ARTISTdirect.com about Mushok: “Before we even played, I knew he was the dude. For the first five or ten minutes, we were just hanging around. Sense of humor-wise, professionally, clear-eyed, hardworking and determined — he was all of those things. It was like check, check, check. That’s what I do and he does. Nobody is stupid drunk or on drugs or any of that retarded shit. Every night we have dinner together. We’ll drink a bottle of wine together. We have our fun, but we choose our time for it. We’ll get a good one on, but we take our music very seriously. Once Mike started playing with us, it was on. It didn’t take long at all. He makes the heavy music heavier. I didn’t think that was possible. Because he plays seven-string, baritone, and all of these fucking psycho tunings, he reminds me so much of Piggy [VOIVOD] in so many ways. We set up for the auditions so we could see each other when we jam. That way we could communicate and fucking rock ‘n’ roll. I watched him, and I was like, “Oh my God!” With the way he was swinging his head and playing all of those psycho chords, he reminded me of Piggy. I miss Piggy so much. He was a great teacher and friend. He was taken way too fucking early. Mike brings that color and flavor. He knew the songs right away. He puts some great energy into the new songs. It’s fucking amazing. There’s no weak link on this stage.”
“Metal” sold around 6,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 62 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Jason Newsted – Bass, Lead Vocals
Jesus Mendez Jr. (THE NAPOLEON BLOWNAPARTS) – Drums
Jessie Farnsworth – Guitar, Backing Voice
Mike Mushok (STAIND) – Guitar