"I'd sweat so much I had to test my basses by dunking them in water!" True story: Jason Newsted sweated so much with Metallica that his basses would short-circuit 

Jason Newsted looking sweaty
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Headbangers of a certain age will appreciate what it means to play bass in Metallica. If you’re familiar with the San Francisco foursome’s early material, you’ll already be fan of Cliff Burton’s astounding classically-influenced lines.

If you came onboard for the band’s 1988 album… And Justice For All, you’ll recall the arrival of Jason Newsted, recruited to fill the huge boots of Cliff Burton, who lost his life in a coach crash at the age of 24. 

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