JASON NEWSTED Interview Page 4
By Erik Fong

SW: So there wasn't even an audition?
JN: I insisted on going in and playing some Sabbath so he could hear me. I had to have him look me in the eye and say, "I want you to play in my band."

SW: What's next on your "to do" list?
JN: Whatever comes. There are some more musical things I'd like to do, there are still some people I'd like to jam with, and a dream would be to see Voivod play in front of a whole lot of people. That would be great for those guys. I don't need it for myself as much, but I'd like to see those guys get their well-deserved reward. That would be nice. I have other life goals that don't involve music, and maybe when I back off from music a little bit I'll chase other things.

SW: What are your non-music goals?
JN: It all has to do with art - writing, painting, things I've done for a long time but just never had enough time to pursue. I have poetry - things that are designed for songs, but they're always poems first. I gave Snake probably 25 pages of that stuff when we were making lyrics for the record - stuff to filter through and see if he could piece anything together that he liked.

SW: What's the most expensive meal you've ever bought?
JN: I think it might be the meal that [Metallica] charged to my bill in Japan when I'd been in the band for like, 9 days. They left me in the restaurant of this big hotel. It was the first time I had sushi and sake. They all split and left me with the bill. I had no idea about currency exchange. I was straight out of Arizona, I had no [world experience]. All of a sudden I was in Japan - I didn't even get to go to Europe first to ease into it. [laughs] There were so many zeros at the end of the bill because of the yen exchange. I was spun, man. And I was still just a hired hand at that time. If you were to go back, check that bill and do the currency exchange, that could have well been the most expensive meal that I paid for, and that's before I'd made any money in my career. [laughs] I'd never thought about that before. See what I told you about interviews?

Erik Fong writes, amuses and plays guitar.