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    That's what the KNAC website is showing. It has a statement from both Jason and Metallica in the news section of the site.

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    This is from the official Metallica site.


    Metallica regrets to announce that after 14 years as Metallica's bass player, Jason Newsted has chosen to leave the band.

    Jason Newsted: "Due to private and personal reasons, and the physical damage that I have done to myself over the years while playing the music that I love, I must step away from the band. This is the most difficult decision of my life, made in the best interest of my family, myself, and the continued growth of Metallica. I extend my love, thanks, and best wishes to my brothers: James, Lars, and Kirk and the rest of the Metallica family, friends, and fans whom have made these years so unforgettable."

    Newsted joined Metallica from Flotsam And Jetsam in the fall of 1986 after the tragic death of bassist Cliff Burton. He participated in the recording of 6 Metallica albums (…And Justice for All, Metallica, Load, Re-Load, Garage Inc., and S&M) which have sold over 55 million copies worldwide to date. In addition, he played on numerous worldwide tours to millions of fans representing over 1000 gigs in all. While with Metallica, the band won countless awards including 5 Grammy Awards and 2 MTV Video Music Awards.

    James Hetfield: "Playing with someone who has such unbridled passion for music will forever be a huge inspiration. On stage every night, he was a driving force to us all, fans and band alike.

    His connection will never be broken."

    Lars Ulrich: "We part ways with Jason with more love, more mutual respect, and more understanding of each other than at any other point in the past. James, Kirk and I look forward to embracing the next chapter of Metallica with both a huge amount of appreciation for the last 14 years with Jason and the excitement of rising to the challenges that lay ahead to make Metallica shine brighter than ever."

    In the spring, Metallica will begin writing and recording a new studio album with release sometime in late 2001 or early 2002.

    Kirk Hammett: "Jason is our brother. He will be missed."





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    You beat me to the punch Glenn, I was just gonna post that news here in the Links.


    I wonder how much of his decision to leave has to do with Lars' battle with Napster.

    It's possible that Jason totally disagreed with Lars on this subject and wanted out? Who knows....


    Somehow I suspect there is more to this then they are telling us.



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    I'll bet more has to do with the Napster thing than the band is letting out. Frankly, I honestly don't care, I haven't given Metallica's music a serious chance in years now.

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    Or it could be that his ears are shot.

    Hopefully, he does not have a cripleing disease of some sort.

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    I certainly have no concrete proof. But having said that I am willing to bet this has a whole LOT to do with the whole Napster situation.


    Metallica BAD Napster GOOD

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    Damn I was hoping that M******ca would retire!

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    That's a huge bummer. Jason always kept it real in Metallica. He always wanted them to come up with harder stuff and not the direction they have been going. I heard his side projects were more into the heavy stuff.

    Did anyone see the "My VH1 awards"? When Metallica accepted an award...Jason wasn't on the podium with them....he was waiting outside for their performance. I thought something was strange about that.

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    Who gives a shit? I don't !!! Metalica's music has SUCKED for years...too bad this poor chap realized it now and bailed cause the rest of the band are a bunch of degenerates! Hopefully Metalishit will go away now...! Too bad we have to hear that asshole Lars in the news again so soon !!!

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    Damn, he was cool...ah well, maybe he'll start a solo career. (?)
    anyway, kinda odd that Metallica's web site announces this the same day they launched their message board.

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    He was the "cool" one in the band, even though my respect for Metallica has gone down the shitter in the past couple of years. Too bad.

    Now I'm starting to get a bad vibe. The first time I saw Motley Crue was on their last tour with Tommy Lee, and this past summer I saw Metallica for the first time on their last tour with Newsted! I hope VH isn't next...



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    Theres got to be something there not telling us because newsted fuckin loves playing. Its either napster or hes got something wrong with him. I dont know..i guess i'm one of the few that liked and still listen to load, reload and garage inc....sue me. Nested was a cool mother fucker though.

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    I have nothing bad to say about Metallica. It's Lars Ulrich I can't stand. Too bad HE didn't leave and Jason stayed!


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    Agreed, BrokenCombs - Lars is really starting to piss me off with his utter greed.

    He's going to be on Who Wants to be a Millionaire Feb 1, I hear. It should've been James to stick with the tradition of the cartoon

    I'm sure he's going to donate all his makings to the Make Lars Ulrich Even Richer Fund - it's a real shame to see Newsted go. He enjoyed what he did, he has this unmistakable energy. Something is definitely up with him - some accounts of people suggest that he's gotten real thin and is working way too hard.

    I hope he's alright...

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    That sucks even though I like Metallica's music better with Cliff Burton.

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