Yeah its true, Jason Newsted, Metallica's bassist for the past 14 years is leaving the band. He is leaving on good terms, so dont expect any bitter break up. He has some nagging injuries, and he cant take the touring life anymore. So now what? Seeing how Kirk Hammet and Les Claypool are buddies, and Claypool tried out for the posisition 14 years ago, i see a good chance of Claypool landing the position. Even though Metallica style bass work is not his style it is still very possible, after all he did play on the "Tuesdays Gone" track of Garage Inc. As of right now Primus is out of action, so it is an excellent oppurtunity for both Claypool and Metallica. I guess we will have to wait and see.