Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted will take part in a Mighty Fine Guitars live Facebook webcast on Friday, July 22 at 12 p.m. PST. The event will be hosted by Stevie Coyle. Newsted will talk about his new, mostly acoustic project, WOULD AND STEAL (in which he is joined by Rob Tucker), and whatever else comes up. Tune on in to the Mighty Fine Guitars Facebook page.
Newsted and undisclosed "friends" will also play two acoustic benefit concerts for Little Kids Rock on August 5 and August 6 at Mighty Fine Guitars in Lafayette, California.
Jason in February 2014 canceled an appearance at Australia's Soundwave festival with his NEWSTED project, citing "private and personal circumstances." The cancelation followed more than a year of intense touring and promotional activity surrounding the release of NEWSTED's "Metal" EP and follow-up album, "Heavy Metal Music", both of which were positively received by the critics and fans alike.
In September 2014, Newsted announced that he was no longer on "Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or any other social networking web site" and added that he had "no affiliation with any such impostor sites using his name or likeness unlawfully."
After staying mostly out of the public eye for the past couple of years, Newsted rejoined Canadian metal innovators VOIVOD on stage during their June 8 concert at Slim's in San Francisco, California.
Jason left METALLICA back in 2001 but was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, along with guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett, and the man who replaced him, bassist Robert Trujillo, in 2009.