Jason Newsted Claims Alex Van Halen Contacted Him About Potential Tour


Within the aftermath of Eddie Van Halen‘s dying, drummer Alex Van Halen has remained comparatively quiet about his subsequent musical transfer. However in response to Jason Newsted, that transfer nearly included a tour with himself and Joe Satriani.

Whereas talking with the Palm Seashore Publish, the previous Metallica and present Chophouse Band bassist revealed he had been contacted by the drummer in regards to the thought of probably doing a Van Halen tour six months in the past.

In keeping with Newsted, Van Halen had Satriani chosen to play guitar and he had contacted him to see about dealing with bass duties. Newsted stated he agreed to journey to California to jam with them and see the way it felt, however in the end he knew it might be unattainable to do justice to the band’s legacy.

“How may you [do it justice]?” posited the bassist. “There’s no one that may prime it, so how do you present it honor? I didn’t need it to be considered as a cash seize. After which it form of simply all fizzled.”

Lately, Newsted continues to play with the Chophouse Band, however admits that “the decision” nonetheless drives him musically and that he at all times needs to be ready in case one thing piques his curiosity. “I don’t wish to be caught not with the ability to carry out like I do know I can,” he stated. “If it does occur to come back … I don’t wish to let my guard down.”

Inside the interview, he provides that “the decision” must come from somebody fairly particular, with names like ZZ Prime, Gary Clark Jr., Joe Bonamassa being tossed out. He added that he was fairly excited to visitor alongside Tina Turner on Italian pop singer Elisa’s music “Train Me Once more.”

When requested within the interview if he would return if “the decision” got here from Metallica, he provided, “Completely man. I used to be all the way in which dedicated to that. I couldn’t have been extra dedicated to that band. It’s not doable.” He defined that whereas he by no means wished to fairly Metallica, it isn’t a choice he regrets although, feeling {that a} change wanted to occur on the time.

That stated, in a 2021 interview, Newsted mentioned that he wouldn’t have the “physicality” to play in bands comparable to Metallica and Voivod within the method that he as soon as did and the way in which that he would wish to play. “I solely do six reveals a yr [with the Chophouse band], and I do them proper,” he acknowledged on the time.

He would later make clear the feedback that got here from that interview, stating, “I need all people to appreciate that whoever requested me to come back and play bass, and if it was for actual, then I might be there to play bass. And if it was Metallica that requested me to play for that many songs or that quick or that gradual or no matter, then I might go and do it. There’s not a factor the place I can not try this. I used to be saying that I am in all probability not going to go on tour and do two-and-a-half hours each night time with a band anymore. That is not one thing I am in all probability going to do. It is not that I can not do it.”

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