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On Jason leaving and the state of Metallica in general:
Ok, before I start
anything I'm just going to say that just like everyone else
I think it sucks that Jason chose to leave the band. However,
I don't blame him. From what I have seen in my many bootleg
concert videos, interviews and any other visual footage
of metallica I could get my hands on, Jason and the rest
of the band have grown into different types of people. Start
with the Seattle video from live shit. In that video it's
easy to see that all the members are on the same level,
you can see it in the way they move around on stage. Everyone
running around banging hard.
Now, lets go to
the recent performance Metallica did for the VH1 MyMusic
awards. True in this performance Jason is a bit subdued
in comparison to his earlier days, but no nearly as much
as the rest of the band. In that performance it's more like
the rest of the strolling around and they happen to have
guitars in their hands while Jason is LIVING what he's playing.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying Metallica is going soft.
They certainly are not. True, their stage show has suffered
a bit, but they're not 20 anymore!! To put it simply, Metallica
has become a bit less insane than Jason has grown. They're
different people now, it's the same as I say about the music
changing. PEOPLE CHANGE. Get over it.
The other reason
I believe he chose to leave the band is just what Sepultura
singer Derrick said: ".... Jason is the kind of man who
NEEDS to make music... And he was suffocating there.. Sure
he had some influence... But he just wasn't given the chance
to fully live out his creative ability... Those guys didn't
fully respect his full talent, so he just upped and left..."
It is evident
that they tried to control Jason's music if you watch the
20 minute metallic-video before the San-Diego show in live
shit. In the video is part of an interview with James on
the making of the black album. He comments that on this
album they weren't always over someone's shoulder (Jason
obviously) shaking their head and saying "no, no, we didn't
write that note for you." That I feel is the only reason
my friend of misery and the god that failed are on that
CD. Unfortunately though, they went back to their old habits
after the Black album and Jason suffocated. The Metallica
boys simply didn't let him breath musically. I believe that
as much as he was in the band, he was never in the band
as much as Kirk, Lars or James. They still looked at him
a "the new guy." What does a new guy know? Certainly (as
little as they would admit to it) he wasn't respected as
much as say James, on of the founding members. They looked
at him as a replacement. Someone to fill the place of cliff
until cliff came back. Maybe he put up with it because he
was living a dream. Jason Newstead was playing with his
favorite band. It's obvious that he realized that as much
as it was fun to be a member of metallica. The cost (him
suffocating musically) was just too much and because of
it, Metallica has now [lost] one of the best bassists alive
today. Again. -
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