During the first night of their 30th Anniversary concerts last week, Metallica brought Jason Newsted back for a special guest appearance. Newsted, who left the band in 2001, was introduced by singer James Hetfield as “someone who lived with us, and toured with us and did stuff with us for 14 years.”
The band then kicked into “Harvester of Sorrow,” with both Newsted and current bassist Robert Trujillo jamming along.
“Okay, here it is: two bass players. My worst nightmare!,” Hetfield jested. (More like a dream to us.)
Newsted joined Metallica after Cliff Burton’s untimely death in 1986, and played on every album from …And Justice for All to S&M. His abrupt departure from the group was documented in the documentary Some Kind of Monster.
Newsted has since gotten into art and focusing on his latest project, Papa Wheelie.