Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted is having his first solo art show presented in Miami during Art Basel, which runs December 3 to January 4 at The Sagamore Hotel. The exceptional exhibitis a survey of 12 years of work, along with new, site-specific installations that reflect Newsted's lifelong commitment to painting inspired by his extensive career as a Grammy Award-winning musician. His visual display illustrates the dynamic parallel between music, history and human expressions.
Jason performed live with his ensemble, THE CHOPHOUSE BAND, at the event's private opening on December 5 and played again at the Sagamore Brunch on Saturday, December 8.
Video footage of Newsted's December 8 appearance can be seen below (courtesy of YouTube users "Theresa Barr" and "BN Bomb busters").
Jason left METALLICA back in 2001, but was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, along with Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and the man who replaced him, bassist Robert Trujillo, in 2009.
Nearly five years ago, Jason shelved NEWSTED, the heavy metal project he operated between 2012 and 2014, saying that it cost him "an awful lot of money — hundreds of thousands of dollars." He added: "I couldn't continue because the business is such a harsh thing now and so different than what I had known."
Named after Jason's four recording studio facilities around the U.S. and featuring a fluid roster of players, THE CHOPHOUSE BAND began in 1992 when Newsted founded The Chophouse Records Studio in San Francisco.
THE CHOPHOUSE BAND is led by Newsted, playing acoustic guitars and performing lead vocal, accompanied by close friends/musicians of all walks and styles, sharing some great American songs from familiar and unfamiliar heroes.