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Background information
Origin Turlock, California
Genres Heavy metal
Years active 2012 (2012)–2014 (2014)
Labels Chophouse Records
Associated acts Flotsam and Jetsam, Voivod, Metallica, Rock Star Supernova, Ozzy Osbourne, Echobrain, Papa Wheelie, WhoCares, Staind
Past members Jason Newsted
Jessie Farnsworth
Jesus Mendez, Jr.
Mike Mushok

Newsted (stylized as NEWSTƎD) was an American heavy metal band formed in October 2012, and consisting of former Metallica, Flotsam and Jetsam and Voivod bassist Jason Newsted on lead vocals and bass; drummer Jesus Mendez, Jr.; guitarist Jessie Farnsworth;[1][2] and Staind guitarist Mike Mushok.[3] The band released the four-song EP Metal (recorded before Mushok had joined) on January 8, 2013,[4] and followed up with their full-length debut album Heavy Metal Music on August 6, 2013.[5] Guitarist Mike Mushok says that there are no plans for the Newsted band to regroup for any further touring or recording, explaining that bassist Jason Newsted "shut down" the project in early 2014.[6]

Jason went silent after the news broke out and was away from social media for a very long time. He eventually broke his silence in 2016 and explained his decision to shelve Newsted:

I was trying to take on too much stuff at once. You can only do so much and make it work right. I won't call it over 'cause I did write a whole 'nother record, but it just hasn't been put together. It hasn't been recorded all the way. It's not ready for the people. That's something that's just on the backburner right now.

— Jason Newsted[7]

Band members

  • Jason Newsted – lead vocals, bass, occasional guitar (2012–2014)
  • Jessie Farnsworth – rhythm & lead guitar, backing vocals, occasional bass (2012–2014)
  • Jesus Mendez, Jr. – drums, percussion (2012–2014)
  • Mike Mushok – lead guitar (2013–2014)



Year Album Peak chart positions
2013 Heavy Metal Music 20 130 42 15 40


Year Album Peak chart positions
2013 Metal 62

Music videos

  • "Soldierhead" (2013)
  • "Above All" (lyric video) (2013)
  • "King Of The Underdogs" (2013)
  • "...As The Crow Flies" (2014)


  1. ^ Childers, Chad. "Jason Newsted Finishing First Record With New Self-Titled Band". Loudwire. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  2. ^ Childers, Chad (December 22, 2012). "Jason Newsted Discusses Touring + Why He Won't Charge for Meet-and-Greets". Loudwire. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
  3. ^ "STAIND Guitarist Joins NEWSTED". Blabbermouth. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  4. ^ Childers, Chad (December 15, 2012). "Jason Newsted Posts Letter Revealing His Self-Titled Band's 'Metal' EP". Loudwire. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  5. ^ "Newsted plans to release Heavy Metal Music". Archived from the original on 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
  6. ^ "JASON NEWSTED Has No Immediate Plans To Revive NEWSTED Band, Says MIKE MUSHOK". 23 December 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  7. ^ BlabberMouth. "Ex-METALLICA Bassist JASON NEWSTED Explains Decision To Shelf NEWSTED Project". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  8. ^ " - Newsted Discography". Ö3 Austria Top 40. Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  9. ^ " - Newsted Discography". SNEP. Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  10. ^ " - Newsted Discography". Sverigetopplistan. Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  11. ^ " - Newsted Discography". Swiss Hitparade. Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 August 2013.

External links

  • Official website
  • Jason Newsted at Twitter

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