Jason Newsted says he has passed the heavy metal baton to bands like Slipknot having fulfilled all his metal milestones during his time with Metallica.
The band's former bassist insists moving on ALL his future music will be acoustic having had enough of the hard and heavy hitting world of metal.
"This is what I’ll do for the rest of time," says Newsted in a video to launch Would And Steal, a duo featuring Rob Tucker, which focuses on classic Americana.
“After 30 years of playing heavy music, I’ve been around the globe about five times. I’ve already climbed that mountain," he says.
“We got Grammy awards, the Hall Of Fame and all those different things. That’s as far as you can go in that kind of music. It’s someone else’s turn to have fun in that music now.”
Newsted also reckons it is time to step out of the way and allow the likes of Slipknot to lead the way in metal.
“I can’t play like Slipknot now," he continues. "Those guys are heavier and faster than I could ever dream of playing now. This is how I can play, and this is what I’ll do for the rest of time."
Newsted is visibly excited about his new stripped back project which he insists he hasn't set any targets for.
"This project happens to be the thing that I want to share with everybody. There’s not a big deal about making money, or competing with anybody else.
“Whatever happens in our studio now is what we’re trying to share with anybody that gives a crap.
“If they want to share it, that’s cool. If they don’t, and they only like metal, then peace and more power to you.
“I’m doing this and that’s what’s good for me. I hope everybody else decides what’s good for them.”
He adds: “As I play this, I find myself being able to expose myself to more people. I'd say age four to 94 can listen to this music and enjoy it.
“How can't you like Johnny Cash? You have to like those songs, American music like that.”