Okay… the Jason Newsted thing.
I know it shouldn’t matter. What matters is the music. When my friend’s bands make bad music I think “god, that’s really shitty” I don’t automatically love it just cause I love the people making it. On that same note while I can begrudgingly admit that Eminem makes some pretty catchy tunes I have never owned or even touched an Eminem record. Why? Cause I hate his guts and I think he’s the poster boy for what’s wrong with the men in that age group.
I think that when you really love a band or anything artistic – when you really feel it and identify it – then it’s not just about the music. Right? Isn’t that why there were vigils when Kurt Cobain shot himself? Because all these lost youths who loved the music and felt it in their very veins could not comprehend what to do when their idol kills himself. It mattered to them, because Kurt wrote music that they loved in the way only youth can do.
I’ve been a Metallica fan since Middle School. That means for more than half my life. There’s just certain things that are part of my being. I’m not religious. I don’t believe in politicians. I love Metallica the same way I love Kurt Vonnegut and Neil Gaiman. Sure, I don’t like everything they put out, but what I do like I adore. And they created that.
For years when people were ragging on them for Load and ReLoad I was there. I bought the CDs, I went to the shows, and while I admit it wasn’t their best work, I still loved some songs and going to the show, I loved them. They were my boys, the best heavy metal band of all time. They still are in my opinion. What beats Master of Puppets?
Once Jason left I threw in the towel. Once I found out the reasons behind it I was furious. I hated the rest of the guys the same way I use to hate people who talked shit about Metallica. Because to me Jason was just as much a part of Metallica as the rest of them.
Hey, maybe one day I’ll get over it. But that’s not today. The thought of seeing Metallica on stage without Jason, with Rob, is just revolting.
My friend’s think I’m fucking crazy. I’m not disagreeing.
So how about this… I’ll go see a Metallica show if Jason sits next to me.
Man, I’m nuts. Do you have any idea how many of my friends have had to hear me rant like this? And more cause then I start making speeches that sound like bulleted lists about just how Metallica wronged Jason. I need to shut up now.