But this creative moonlighting of sorts wasn't what the other members of Metallica had in mind, so in the winter of 2001, the bassist surprisingly quit the band to save his sanity and, in his mind, his career."I gave them an offer first, and that is what people haven't included in the story too much," says Newsted.
"Metallica was spending very little time with the guitar plugged into the amp and the amp turned on and blasting loud.
It is not yet clear where the remaining three tracks will end up.
Currently, Newsted’s at work in his own Northern California recording bungalow, Chophouse Studios, where he’s adding the final touches on a full-length album set to surface early this summer.
However, Newsted and Trujillo are friends, which has made the transition for all parties involved that much smoother."I'm glad that it was him, somebody I have respect for and somebody that takes care of themselves," Newsted offers.
"He's probably a more musical bass player than myself, and when he hooks up with James, it is going to be awesome.
So, I said, 'Okay, I'm walking away then.' And they were pretty flabbergasted, actually.