I'm the quiet type, I'm generally alone, and have no problem with it. No, I'm not a loser, I just feel that I best support a group while not sharing the spotlight. I'm a timid person, yet supportive. Thus, I play bass.
My goal: to bring back the greatest music ever, Metal from the eighties and nineties such as Metallica and Megadeth. I want to bring back the loud, yet subtle basswork of this since ostrasized genre.
Alright folks, it's a bit obvious that I'm a huge fan of Jason Newsted, right? What can I say besides the guy is a genious, writing most of Flotsam and Jetsam's first album, helping out Metallica for fourteen years, then re-releasing his genious into the world in 1999 after his departure from the metal mega-band.
With his departure of Metallica, Jason brought back projects from the Chophouse
that James [Hetfield] tried to keep under covers such as Echobrain
and Papa Wheelie, as well as the IR8 project, where some demo tapes got between Hetfield's fingers.
Not only is Jason a truly amazing rock bassist, but he also plays saxophone, guitar, theremin as well as some other strange instruments. He is truly a talented man, and is not afraid to share that with anyone, which brings me to my next topic: Jason is very down to Earth. For a man many worship as a God, Mr. Newsted is a very kind man who reaches out to his fans, as he did to me. I've been lucky enough to have the opportunity to hang out with Jason and the band after an Echobrain concert this past May. Very down to Earth he was while I was studdering on every word, at the chance that my very famous idol has time for me, it is truly humbling.
Jason took time to give me advice, as well as some signatures, and Dylan and the rest of the band were equally interesting and generous. Jason shook my hand, gave me an ingraved pick, and gave me some advice, and he said, "Do you listen to Black Sabbath?" After no response, he said, "Yes or no dammit!" and I laughed and said yes. He also reccomended listening to Rush and Motorhead.