Metallica (album)

My Friend of Misery is the eleventh track from the Black Album, released in 1991. It is one of the three songs which Jason Newsted co-written during his years in Metallica (1986–2001). The song was originally going to be an instrumental track, but the band decided to record it with lyrics.


  • ”My Friend of Misery” was played live for the first time on May 7, 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Jason Newsted used the "My Friend of Misery" bass line on Live Shit: Binge & Purge (the Wherever We May Roam tour, 1991–1993) in his bass solo. He wrote this riff himself and added wah-wah and fast picking parts to it in his famous personal solo. Newsted always wanted "My Friend of Misery" to be an instrumental track.