Despite some persistent online rumor, former-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted is not going Megadeth. The band recently tossed bassist David Ellefson following allegations he had allegedly groomed an underage girl online.

Jason’s wife, Nicole Newsted posted on social media a message to fans, which read:

Hi guys! Two things:

1. Jason is not joining Megadeth. Peace to them. Listen to metal.

2. Jason does not have social media accounts; this includes but is not limited to TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Onlyfans and Tinder. If you are receiving DMs from the Jason Newsted music account or any other account claiming to be Jason please know this is not Jason, and proceed at your own risk.


  • Megadeth founder and frontman Dave Mustaine was a member of Metallica in 1982 and early-’83, but did not play on any albums by the band.
  • Jason Newsted left Metallica in 2001 after a 14-year-run.
  • On July 12th, 2013, Jason Newsted jammed with Megadeth, SlashVinnie Paul, and Zakk Wilde, among others, onstage at the Dallas stop during the Gigantour 2013.