Metallica has been all over the news lately, from their performance in a Danish prison to their … ahem … interesting collaboration with Lou Reed called “Lulu.” For hardcore Metallica fans though, the real news is a reunion with former bassist Jason Newsted.
Newsted left Metallica in 2001 to pursue other musical projects. He reunited with the band when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2009, but this was the first time in over a decade that he played with the band at a gig.
The happy event took place at the first of four 30th anniversary (we refuse to accept that it’s been that long) concerts in San Francisco. According to Rolling Stone, front man James Hetfield told the packed crowd that they were about to be joined by
“someone who lived with us, and toured with us, and did stuff with us
for 14 years.”
Newsted performed “Harvester of Sorrow” alongside the band and current bassist Robert
Trujillo. He also stayed on for “Damage, Inc.” He also returned for the concert’s encore of “Seek & Destroy.” We are so very, very jealous of anyone who got to be there.