Ex-Metallica Bassist Jason Newsted Has A New ‘Heavy’ Project

February 6, 2023

Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted recently played a VIP/Q&A for Palm Beach, Florida, radio station Gator 98.7 FM and talked about the musical projects he is currently working on!

Newsted said, “Actually, I spent six months of last year putting together The Chophouse Band ‘Volume 1′. The Chophouse Band has been together [and] making music since 1992. So it was our first album after 30 years. I spent a lot of time on that. And then, once I got that under my belt, I’m kind of stepping back into the heavy now. So the last couple of weeks I’ve been auditioning guitar players for a heavy project. I’m back on bass and singing with a metal drummer — double bass, you know; getting’ loud again. So I’ve got a couple of irons in the fire. I’m putting two new projects together right now — but loud.”

Talking about the band’s musical direct, Jason added, “The Chophouse Band started out as almost a bluegrass-tinged thing, and now it gets to some places that are as heavy as anything else that I’d been involved with: Voivod, Ozzy [Osbourne], Metallica, Newsted band; any of that stuff — it gets to those places now.”

Newsted also said the band has plans to record a debut album, which Jason may release on his own, “Actually, it’s possible — very possible — that I’ll be back into the Q Prime fold [Metallica’s longtime management company] with that kind of backing, like a real-deal thing.”

BTW, the band is named after Jason’s four recording studios he has around the U.S. The Chophouse Band started back in ’92 when when Newsted founded The Chophouse Records Studio in San Francisco.

Well, Jason’s saying his new project gets as heavy as Voivod, Ozzy, Metallica, Newsted. Let’s see if he can deliver on that promise.

* Insert Devil Horns Here * 


Written by Todd Hancock