Jason Newsted looks back on the success of Metallica's Black Album and his six-month spending spree. Newsted said Metallica went through a time of adjustment from their financial success. He eventually calmed down and realised he was acting in a way that wasn't him.
Newsted recalls during a four-part interview with Metallica fan club So What! â€œAll of us experienced some kind of swelly head at different levels for different amounts of time through this three-year span,â€ He added it was "inevitable" because they were "only flesh and bone."
He said â€œI went shopping with Kirk [Hammett] in Paris, and he took me to a couple of nice, nice stores, and I threw down a lot of money for some nice clothes and shoes and stuff," he explained. "Iâ€™d never done that before, and I thought I was the shit!â€
Jason reflected that he "did get caught in a moment. I think Iâ€™ve been really, really frugal with my earnings, and so thatâ€™s why I still have them. But I did have a couple of moments there.â€ He said it lasted around â€œfive to six monthsâ€ and that he was â€œwalking on airâ€ in that time. â€œEverywhere that you went, in the 55 countries that we played in, they're waiting for you when you [get] there. What are you supposed to do?â€
He added it changed when he â€œcame back home on the one break to be with my girl again.â€ I just realised that thatâ€™s not who I am. I pretended I was gonna get this fancy car and all that shit. Iâ€™m like, â€˜Dude, you know that youâ€™d rather have a '65 Mopar, '68 Mopar, than you would that fucking Lamborghini bullshit anyway.â€™ But those guys were driving Porsches and fancy cars and stuff, and I'm like, â€˜I can afford that, too!â€™â€