Legendary bassist and six-time Grammy-Award winner, Jason Newsted has announced Mike Mushok of Staind has joined his powerhouse band, Newsted.  Following the release of Newsted's explosive EP, Metal – which debuted #1 on the iTunes metal chart, Mushok, guitarist Jessie Farnsworth and drummer, Jesus Mendez Jr. are currently pounding away at Jason's Chophouse Studios in Northern California, putting the final touches on a full- length album to be released early this summer.

"It was obvious from the word go that Mike is one of us," says Jason. "Professional, focused, happy and grateful to be able to make our beautiful noise together!"

"I loved the old school vibe of the Metal EP, and when we got together to jam it really felt great," adds Mushok. "Staind is taking a break for a while, so when Jason asked if I was interested in joining them to record an album and play on the upcoming tour, it was perfect timing. All I could say was, Hell yeah! I'm totally down for this."

Newsted will be hitting the road this summer, playing several European dates (listed below) including The Download Festival in Donington Park, UK on June 16th.  More dates to be announced soon. Check out www.newstedheavymetal for the latest news and tour updates.

"I'm feeling strong and can't wait to bring our heavy music to the people again," says Jason. "It's been a long time since I've had the opportunity to unleash on the world's metal fans!"

June 5 Warsaw, Poland @ Impact Festival
June 7 Solvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock Festival
June 16 Donington Park, UK @ Download Festival
June 21 Graz, Austria @ Seerock Festival
June 26 Tokaj, Hungary @ Hegyalia Festival
June 29 Helsinki, Finland @ Rock the Beach
June 30 Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Metal Meeting

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