Fan Knocks Ex-Metallica Bassist Off Stage [VIDEO]
Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted was knocked off stage by an overzealous fan during his band Newsted’s gig in New York City on Tuesday night (May 21st). According to Metal Insider, the group was halfway through a cover of Metallica’s “Whiplash” at the Highline Ballroom when the fan jumped onstage, appeared to attempt a stage dive, and ran into Newsted from behind, sending them both five feet down into the audience. The crowd surrounded the fan as security personnel swarmed over him and escorted him from the venue.
A visibly disoriented Newsted returned to the stage and told the crowd, “You know, no matter how many shows I’ve done, that just happened for the first time . . . Anyone get a good look at that motherf***er? Don’t kill him, just bruise him up a bit.’”
A fan at the show filmed the incident and posted it on YouTube. He later met Newsted and showed him the footage, with the bass player himself suggesting that the fan post the clip online.
Watch the footage of Jason being pushed off the stage (around the 3:08 mark):