Despite METALLICA's widely-publicized recent setbacks—which include the departure of bassist Jason Newsted and frontman James Hetfield's battle with alcoholism—the band are far from over and should not be counted out, according to Newsted."Losing hope or doubting METALLICA, stuff like that? I don't see that as a wise move," the bassist is quoted as saying on Canada's CFOX.com. "The things that this band has overcome, they've come past things bigger than this. James is a very strong, strong spirit. He's had some down times, but those kind of things in that type of person usually, I'd say pretty much all the time, make them stronger. And he'll come back and crush everybody's head again. I'm not too worried about that." As for someone filling his shoes in METALLICA," Newsted added, "The METALLICA thing, I've heard some of the new music... James is a great bass player. If they need to go in and record an album and have to play bass on it so be it. If they find somebody else, [former MEGADETH bassist] Dave Ellefson or [ARMORED SAINT bassist] Joey Vera or something to come in, somebody who's capable of walking into that level of a band and those kind of egos and that kind of attitude and those things that go on, there's millions and millions of dollars involved."
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