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Tuesday 14 November 2017
Metallica’s Former Bassist Is Showing at Art Miami and Nothing Else Matters

The Grammy-winning bassist took up painting after leaving the heavy metal band.

Having toured the world as the bassist for Metallica for 15 years, musician Jason Newsted didn’t quite know what to do with himself after leaving the heavy metal band in 2001. A serious shoulder injury a couple years later didn’t help matters. That’s when the six-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer—who had no real formal training as an artist—began to pick up the various paintbrushes and materials that his art school-educated wife, Nicole, had lying around the house.

“I told myself I wasn’t going to look at any books about other artists,” Newsted told artnet News in a phone interview from Jupiter Island in Florida, where he lives. “I was just going to take experience from my own life and what I saw traveling around the world.”...

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