JASON NEWSTED Interview Page 3
By Erik Fong
SW: Zakk Wylde said in an interview that the longest he's gone without showering is 23 days.
JN: F*******ck. Jesus Christ, really? [laughs]
SW: True story. With that said, who's the best smelling member of Ozzy's band?
JN: Ozzy. Yeah, even better than me. Ozzy takes pretty good care of himself. I think he could outrun you or me right now. He probably runs about 5 or 6 miles a day.
SW: Wow. When's the last time you took a break?
JN: It's been a while. Probably around Christmas, for a minute. I went to Arizona, hung out with the Flotsam guys, listened to the Voivod album, had a drink - that was relaxing. With the Voivod album, we finished it on December 4 and the plan was to have it out on March 4, so every waking moment was spent trying to make that forward motion happen.
SW: Are you satisfied with your career?
JN: Yeah, I'm still waiting for someone to punch me and wake me up. It just keeps going. A couple years ago I was going to back off and actually thought about retiring, but it keeps calling me back, and I'm going to keep going back as long as it calls me. I really think it has something to do with the good vibes that I feel I've spread through my performance and through the time that I've spent with fans.
SW: It's true, good karma always comes back.
JN: I think that's really what it is. If I went into it saying, "Call me up cause I'm such a great bass player!" and all that - I can hold my own and I can do that stability thing that we talked about, but there are a lot of guys who can play circles around me and that ain't what it's about. There aren't very many people in the land who can stand up with legends. You have to be able to hold your own. It can't just be anybody. So that makes me feel really good. That's a huge successful thing, to have the singer of your favorite band of all-time call you out in person, by name, not to audition, but just say, "You're in my band now, you dig that?" He already counted me in the band before I even went and played with him.
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