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Jason Newsted's Inspiration For New Unplugged Project

09/06/2016
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Jason Newsted

(Classic Rock) Jason Newsted has opened up on why his focus is now on playing acoustic material. He previously stated he changed direction as he'd achieved everything he could with heavy music during his time in Metallica.

And he now reports he picked up the acoustic guitar when he was with his ill mother, who passed away in March this year. The bassist tells Eddie Trunk (via Blabbermouth): "I had to keep playing, and she knows I had to keep playing. So I picked up the acoustic and started doing what I was able to do when I was just hanging around her, and started learning my cowboy chords and started collecting my songs.

"This was about the beginning of summer of 2014. So I would play certain songs for her, kind of choking through them - a bass player playing heavy-handed on the acoustic guitar and just banging these cowboy chords out and learning Johnny Cash, Neil Young and George Jones and more popular things like that.

"A couple of years later, I've dug in a lot deeper than that, but it was originally inspired by where I'd play mom songs. She wouldn't necessarily remember which ones I'd played for her, and so she would react to certain songs the same way each time she heard them as if she was hearing them the first time." Read more here.

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