Jason Newsted recalls getting mocked for playing bass with a pick - and explains why the haters are wrong

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It’s been years since Jason Newsted has played in Metallica, and these days he doesn’t even play much bass, opting instead to reach for a guitar while fronting his own Americana-steeped Chophouse Band.

But the former Metallica man still has plenty to say about the old days, in particular about how some people took issue with the fact that he was a bassist who chose to play with a pick rather than his fingers.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.