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Monday, April 12, 2010

Ex-Metallica Bassist Jason Newsted's SF Art Exhibit

Posted By on Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 3:38 PM

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Jason Newsted's "Absenthe Won" (Acrylic, ink, dry pastel on canvas)

As we all learned in Some Kind of Monster, Metallica's big shredders harbor sensitive sides. The therapy doc introduced the headbanging public to the ways these dudes deviate from the hard rock tough guy stereotypes--besides getting all teary eyed, they can also mix the high-brow with the low. Drummer Lars Ulrich's extensive (and expensive) art collection was caught on film for that movie, and now former bassist Jason Newsted is having his art world coming out party.

Newsted played in Metallica from in 1986 until 2001. Four years after he left the rock star world, he'd shifted focus, he explains, "from making crazy and colorful music to making crazy and colorful paintings." He says his paintings take inspiration from his family's farm in Michigan, where he lived prior to the Bay Area.

An exhibit of Newsted's work will be on display starting May 4 and running through July 27 at the downtown Micaela Gallery, with a big opening party for the public on Thursday, May 6 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. One imagines the 49 Geary space will alter slightly from its typical First Thursday crowd that night to allow for the Bay's metal contingent to check out a local legend's quieter side.

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