Jason Newsted initiated into Metallica with pranks
When Jason Newsted joined Metallica to become their new band played a couple of epic pranks on him. They started in Japan, just a little over a week after he joined the band.
The first prank was initiated by Kirk Hammett, while on a night on the booze. Hammett threw a huge glob of wasabi into a dish. He egged on Newsted to try some special Japanese 'mint ice cream'.
Newsted recalls in an interview with Loudwire "I was so hammered". He adds â€œIf it was ice cream, it would have melted [but] Iâ€™m like, â€˜Okay.â€™ I took a freaking spoonful â€” I couldnâ€™t use chopsticks yet â€” and â€˜Fuuuuuuuuâ€”â€”â€”â€”kkkk!â€
The other prank was put on Newsted just after his freak out on the wasabi â€œI look up and I donâ€™t know anybody at the table. Everybodyâ€™s gone, but the table is full,â€ Newsted says. â€œ[The waiter] brings the bill. I was making $500 a week, but the bill comes and itâ€™s got zeros like 0000000000. They [Metallica] were f-cking with me. They were watching me from upstairs somewhere.â€
Newsted's first gig with Metallica
In a recent interview with Loudersound Newsted talks of his first-ever gig with Metallica. â€œI was nervously excited, anxious mostly. And I did not have any lack of confidence in myself. I knew that I knew the songs, and I knew that I had the energy, which was required a lot back in those days to play in Metallica. It was very physical and very athletic, and I had that. But one thing I do remember â€“ Iâ€™m not sure if Iâ€™ve ever told this story. I used to have these two pinky rings, custom-made skull things. One had a diamond in the eye and one had a ruby in the eye.
"I only kept one on, because you canâ€™t play [with two] â€“ I even have to wear my wedding ring around my neck because I canâ€™t be smacking my strings with it. So, weâ€™re on the way down and I couldnâ€™t get the ring off. My girlfriend at the time was going down with me and sheâ€™s trying. Iâ€™ve got one of our stage-hand guys who is showing me to the stage and heâ€™s helping. We canâ€™t get that fucking ring off! Iâ€™m ripping, dude. Iâ€™m all jacked up and Iâ€™ve been playing so much that my hands are swollen and the ring is just fucking with me! I gotta get this off, dude!
"I finally just rip it off and all this flesh comes with it â€“ crunch. So that first time going on stage with Metallica, [I was] nervous enough already, but that ring added a little something else.â€