Hoping to avoid a drama-filled, awkward onstage reunion like those at past Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, Metallica graciously invited ex-bassist Jason Newsted to join them on Saturday night when they get enshrined in the Hall.
But earlier this week, Newsted, grateful to get the chance to play alongside his longtime bandmates for the first time in eight years, told Billboard.com that he would be the sole bassist during the band's two-song set of classic tunes following their induction. On Wednesday (April 1), however, a spokesperson for the group's label clarified that both Newsted, who played with the band from 1986-2001, and current bassist Robert Trujillo will both be performing with the group after [artist id="1012"]Red Hot Chili Peppers[/artist] bassist Flea welcomes them to the Hall.
The label spokesperson declined to elaborate on whether both bassists would be onstage at the same time. According to Billboard.com, the group is planning to fly in from Paris after shows on Wednesday and Thursday night to rehearse with Newsted at Friday's soundcheck.
Drummer Lars Ulrich told Billboard.com that the band wanted the occasion to feel like a "family reunion," so they invited staffers from their previous labels, Megaforce and Elektra, journalists and photographers who'd chronicled their rise over the years, as well as producers and musician friends. They also reportedly invited founding guitarist Dave Mustaine (from whom they are estranged), who was not able to attend due to scheduling conflicts. But former bassist Ron McGovney will be there, as will Ray Burton, the father of late bassist Cliff Burton, who will accept on his son's behalf.
MTV will be all over Saturday night's ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, which will also include the induction of [artist id="3082568"]Run-DMC[/artist] by [artist id="502642"]Eminem[/artist], as well as [artist id="2618"]Jeff Beck[/artist], [artist id="1876"]Little Anthony & the Imperials[/artist] and [artist id="19217"]Bobby Womack[/artist].