According to the Los Angeles Times, former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has listed his ranch in historic Sula, Montana for sale at $4.95 million.
The property, named “Rockin JN Ranch,” has belonged to Newsted for more than a decade. The 545-acre gem is situated amidst an ocean of public lands and large holdings. A custom timber frame home with over 5,800 square feet was completed in 2006 and is perched atop a ridge. Huge panes of glass absorb the 360-degree views. A towering stone Rumsford-style fireplace is the centerpiece of the living room and is only one of several. Exquisite woodwork is found throughout and one entire wall on the lower level is from the Gibson guitar factory. The terrain itself is comprised of gentle topography perfect for hiking or horseback. Other improvements include manager’s home and shop.
The 54-year-old Newsted in February 2014 canceled an appearance at Australia’s Soundwave festival with his band NEWSTED, citing “private and personal circumstances.” The cancelation followed more than a year of intense touring and promotional activity surrounding the release of NEWSTED‘s “Metal” EP and follow-up album, “Heavy Metal Music”, both of which were positively received by the critics and fans alike.
After staying mostly out of the public eye for a couple of years, Newsted rejoined Canadian metal innovators VOIVOD on stage during June 2016 concert at Slim’s in San Francisco, California. He has since formed a couple of new acoustic projects, one of which completed a short West Coast tour last September.
Jason left METALLICA back in 2001 but was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, along with guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett, and the man who replaced him, bassist Robert Trujillo, in 2009.