The former Metallica bassist reminisced on the infamous co-headlining Guns N' Roses/Metallica Stadium Tour that was marred by Axl Rose's legendary tardiness, James Hetfield's injury in a pyrotechnics mishap and a riot in Montreal, among other incidents.
It's been well-documented that Metallica and GNR didn't get along during that time, but Newsted pulls no punches in his summary of the experience 25 years later in an interview with Loudwire.
"Touring-wise, that was quite an opportunity for us," Newsted says. "We chose to play first, of course, 'cause we wanted to play on time. You know, we delivered, it was like, 'We're going on at 8:01, we're on at 8:01.' That's the way it's always been, that's who they are, that's why Metallica is still touring now and crushing everybody and selling more records."
Guns N' Roses view of time was a little different, he says, "whenever they decided to come on stage, they'd come on stage."
Newsted says Rose would routinely make crowds wait an extra 30 minutes, an hour -- even a two-hour wait was not out of the question.
"[Guns N' Roses] showed me what I don't ever want to become," he says. "Antics, pissing away of money, disrespecting of people that work for you...looking down on people that look up to you -- worst thing you could do. Worst thing you could do, especially in this business."
"And I saw them do that a lot," he added.
He says GNR's bad habits and lousy attitude probably fueled their steep decline and eventual implosion in the '90s.
"But God bless 'em, 30 years, good for them," he added sarcastically referencing the band's 2016 reunion.
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