NEWSTED — the new band featuring former METALLICA, VOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Newsted and STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok — will be forced to miss this week's Gigantour dates in Canada after Jason was diagnosed with "walking pneumonia."
Says Jason: "I'd been feeling a bit under the weather while performing the most recent Gigantour shows, so I went to the doctor on my day off today and I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia! So under doctor's orders, I'm taking a week to rebuild... My apologies to our Canadian brothers and sisters in regions where we will not be appearing this week. I'm gonna work on keeping me alive so together we can keep the metal alive!"
This year's edition of Gigantour, the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine, also features headliners MEGADETH, along with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, DEVICE, HELLYEAH and DEATH DIVISION.
As previously reported, three songs from NEWSTED are featured in the newest episode of Break Media's hit web series "Man At Arms".
NEWSTED's heavy metal pairs as background for the gritty series, which follows famous Hollywood blacksmith Tony Swatton as he builds real-life versions of iconic pop-culture ("Pirates Of The Caribbean", "The Matrix", "Spider-Man", etc.) weapons by hand.
The three NEWSTED songs featured in the episode — "Long Time Dead", "King Of The Underdogs" and "Heroic Dose" — will appear on the band's full-length debut, "Heavy Metal Music", which will be released on August 6 in North America via Chophouse Records/Collective Sounds and August 5 in Europe through Spinefarm Records. Jason told Billboard.com the 11-song album will be very similar to the band's debut EP, "Metal", which sold around 6,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 62 on The Billboard 200 chart. "The EP was always intended to be the primer, a sampler of what was to come on the LP," he said. "It's all metal all the time. It's not all fast, but it is all heavy."
NEWSTED kicked off its first-ever U.S. tour on April 19 at Red House in Walnut Creek, California. The 14-date trek concluded on May 23 in Asbury Park, New Jersey and led into a number of European festival appearances for the band.
* Jason Newsted (METALLICA, VOIVOD, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM) - Bass, Lead Vocals
* Jesus Mendez Jr. (THE NAPOLEON BLOWNAPARTS) - Drums
* Jessie Farnsworth - Guitar, Backing Voice
* Mike Mushok (STAIND) – Guitar