Jason Newsted Says He Gave Metallica 'Stability' After Cliff Burton's Death

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Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted recently sat down for an interview with Florida radio station WZZR and opened up about his time with the band.

Newsted said he considers himself to have been a "stabilizing force" within the group following original bassist Cliff Burton's death in 1986.

"They would have just as soon not done anything else once that happened," Newsted said of the years following Burton's death. "But they didn't, and they kept going, and I had to come in and be that propulsion, be the new engine that helped this fractured being."

"'Cause it's a thing that's bigger than all of [us]," he added. "It's an entity unto itself. So those years that I did it was just stabilizing the whole thing."

Newsted, who parted ways with the band in 2001, also said he would always consider himself a part of the group and that he's "just gonna fly the flag and always be proud of them."

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