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Jason Newsted Recruits Staind Guitarist Mike Mushok for Upcoming Album and Tour

Jason Newsted Recruits Staind Guitarist Mike Mushok for Upcoming Album and Tour

Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has announced Mike Mushok of Staind has joined his band, Newsted.  Following the release of Newsted’s debut EP, Metal--which debuted No. 1 on the iTunes metal chart--Mushok, guitarist Jessie Farnsworth and drummer Jesus Mendez Jr. are currently working at Jason’s Chophouse Studios in Northern California, putting the final touches on a full- length album to be released early this summer.

“It was obvious from the word go that Mike is one of us,” says Jason. “Professional, focused, happy and grateful to be able to make our beautiful noise together!”

“I loved the old school vibe of the Metal EP, and when we got together to jam it really felt great,” adds Mushok. “Staind is taking a break for a while, so when Jason asked if I was interested in joining them to record an album and play on the upcoming tour, it was perfect timing. All I could say was, Hell yeah! I’m totally down for this.”

Newsted will be hitting the road this summer, playing several European dates (listed below) including The Download Festival in Donington Park, UK on June 16.  More dates to be announced soon. Check out for the latest news and tour updates.

“I’m feeling strong and can’t wait to bring our heavy music to the people again,” says Jason. “It’s been a long time since I’ve had the opportunity to unleash on the world’s metal fans!”

Newsted tour dates:

June 5 Warsaw, Poland @ Impact Festival

June 7 Solvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock Festival

June 16 Donington Park, UK @ Download Festival

June 21 Graz, Austria @ Seerock Festival

June 26 Tokaj, Hungary @ Hegyalia Festival

June 29 Helsinki, Finland @ Rock the Beach

June 30 Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Metal Meeting

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