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the details of the gig :
The thunder of
roared again in the Bay Area. He was on stage with the Moss
Brothers. Two brothers who play rock and roll with a bit
of metalli-crunch and blues tinged. Reuben is 12 years old,
he plays the guitar and sings. His older brother, Evan,
who is 15 years old, plays the drums. Both are excellent
players considering their age. They befriended Jason who
has been a mentor, friend, teacher, big brother and fellow
hoops player. This is the second gig that Jason has played
with them. This gig on Sunday, April 1st (no fooling!) was
held at Ashkenaz in Berkeley, CA. The crowd consisted of
many family members of the Moss Brothers, fans of the brothers,
some Metallica fans, and us, fans of both the Moss Brothers
and Jason. The Moss Brothers took the stage with a cover
of Dire Straits "Money for Nothing". Then Jason came out,
plugged in, and rocked out with the boys. He held out his
hands several times to show, he wasn't the star, and this
is the Moss Brothers gig. He stayed in the background, next
to Evan, rarely looking into the crowd. Except for one instance
when in between songs, people were talking he yelled out
"Shut up!" and pointed everyone's direction to Reuben. Jason
would help Reuben with plugging in, setting up the effects
boxes, amp settings, and whispering little reminders to
the boys. The whole performance rocked, but Jason truly
showed his passion for music, it flows in his veins. His
heart beats like the roar of thunder. Sonic energy is part
of his persona. This showed in his grunts, snarls, thrusts,
grooves and jams. We were just a few feet away from the
majesty of Jason. His sonic boom of his bass still reverberates
in our souls. After the show, the Reuben and Evan came out
to meet the fans and sign their CD which was released at
this gig. To ensure he didn't steal the limelight from the
proper musicians, Jason did not appear. After we got our
CD signed by the boys, Jason came out to his adoring fans.
There was never a doubt in our minds that he would appear.
Jason has always been a fan favorite, always accomodating.
He sat down on stage, signed the Moss Brothers CD, shirts,
setlists and other stuff. He took photos and joked with
the crowd. My wife and I took a photo with him and asked
him to sign the CD and a Metallica shirt next to his cartoon
caricature. I told him how we loved his IR8 songs, which
pleasantly surprised him. He mentioned that those were done
such a long time ago, he then said it was done about 7 years
ago. I then asked him when we could hear his Echobrain project
and Jason confided in me that it would be out in August.
He then repeated "I hope, I hope, I hope". Jason seemed
quite eager about this project and smiled. I told him we
would be waiting and thanked him for the music. The next
person asked Jason to sign the Flotsam & Jetsam (Doomsday
for the Deceiver) CD. He was amused by his old photo and
eager to show this to his compadres, Reuben and Evan. You
could see him reminiscing about the good old days. I joked
with him whether he was the same age as Evan (15) at that
time, he laughed and said "Nah, I was about 20 or 21.".
Jason then said that he wasn't as good as Evan when Jason
was that young. Always the humble dude. We told him thanks
again and wished him well. As there was nobody left, he
got his stuff and went back to the dressing room. We then
asked to take another photo with Reuben and Evan. How fortunate
the brothers were to share the stage with the the Mighty
Jason Newsted. Attached are photos from and after the gig
(We have more if you want). Enjoy!
Thanks and Best
Regards, Jason&Sue Pittam and Ryan Pittam
P.S. I apologize
for the picture of my wife, myself, and Jason, my kid brother
(aspiring bassist) was so nervous. The photos Jason01 and
Jason04 are from photographs.
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