Last year, former Metallica and Flotsam and Jetsam bassist Jason Newsted launched his first solo album as Newsted. One other thing he did in preparation for his solo career was to jump into social media for the first time. He was pretty active on Twitter and Facebook, interacting with fans and promoting his album, of course. It seems to have paid off. The album sold almost 8,000 copies its first week, and he jumped on the road with the Gigantour. However, that seems to have fallen by the wayside, according to a post on his website.
Jason Newsted is not on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or any other social networking website as of September 15, 2014 and has no affiliation with any such impostor sites using his name or likeness unlawfully.
It’d be interesting to hear what made him get off of social media sites. While his Facebook page looks to be down, his Twitter account is still active, even though he hasn’t posted anything on it since February 17th, right before he canceled his appearance at the Soundwave Festival in Australia. Blabbermouth points out an interview with RockRevolt Magazine when Newsted spoke positively about social media:
Sites like Facebook and Twitter make it so easy and fun to connect to people and share what’s going on. I love being able to actually ‘talk’ to fans (and I do look at it that way) and have gotten a lot of encouragement and inspiration from them. Hopefully I’ve given some back.”
Hopefully everything’s ok, but it doesn’t look like you’ll be getting an answer if you reach out and ask him via social media.