Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has paid tribute to Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, saying that the iconic MOTÖRHEAD frontman was “almost [his] savior” because Lemmy “made it okay” for Newsted to play bass with a pick.
During a December 29 appearance on Ozzy’s Boneyard (SiriusXM channel 38), Newsted said about Lemmy: “I had a couple of very good, genuine Lemmy experiences. I didn’t spend a lot of hours [with him], but the ones that we did were very powerful — for me at least. Like when we did THE LEMMYS — METALLICA called themselves THE LEMMYS [to play Lemmy‘s] fiftieth-birthday [party] in L.A. stuff like that. There were certain moments that were very special for all of us, I think.”
Rest of the interview you can listen on player below.