Metallica are to reunite with Jason Newsted, their former bassist who they refused to include in their Guitar Hero videogame. Newsted will play with the band at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on 4 April, guitarist Kirk Hammett has revealed. And they made the decision because of Blondie.
"We went as a band when Black Sabbath [were] being inducted," Hammett told the Pulse of Radio this week. "Blondie [were] also being inducted that night." At the 2006 ceremony, former Blondie members Frank Infante and Nigel Harrison confronted the band's current lineup on stage, asking if they could perform with them. Singer Debbie Harry refused.
Hammett said Metallica didn't want to repeat such an awkward moment. "It puts a really bad, sour note on the whole celebration itself. There was so many politics and so much drama that, you know, we collectively said to each other, 'We don't want any of that.'"
"Jason Newsted will be there, and he will be playing with us at one point," Hammett confirmed.
Newsted joined Metallica after the death of bassist Cliff Burton in 1986. He stayed with them for 14 years, quitting as part of an argument over side-projects. "Due to private and personal reasons and the physical damage I have done to myself over the years while playing the music that I love, I must step away from the band," Newsted said in 2001. Metallica's current bassist is Rob Trujillo.
In other Metallica news, Lars Ulrich said last week that the band had completed their major label contract and were considering self-releasing future albums. "Without offending any of the good people from the record company in the room, no [we do not need a major label]," Ulrich told reporters. "The primary function of a record label is to act as a bank. When you're fortunate enough to be successful, you don't need to rely on record companies as the banks." Ulrich plans to meet with Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, a music business innovator, when the two bands play together this summer. "I look forward to sitting down and talking to him about what's on his radar."
But before he does that, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea will induct Metallica into the Hall of Fame on 4 April. Other artists being honoured include Run DMC, Jeff Beck and Bobby Womack.Topics
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