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Megadeth Pull Out Of ‘Soundwave Festival’ Following Newsted Controversy


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Megadeth have now backed out of their previously booked appearance on the ‘Soundwave Festival‘ in Australia and their accompanying ‘Sidewave‘ shows. Initial signs of trouble began to appear when Megadeth was cited as the reason Newsted were kicked off a series of ‘Sidewave‘ shows Megadeth was set to play with Volbeat.

Megadeth‘s tour manager went on to deny the claims that Megadeth‘s Dave Mustaine was responsible for Newsted‘s forced departure from said shows. Earlier today (February 09th) Mustaine issued the below statement on the matter:

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“Due to circumstances beyond its control, unfortunately Megadeth has to cancel their Australian dates. Megadeth‘s decision is unrelated to the fact that Jason Newsted is performing at Soundwave. Jason and I spoke recently and continue to be friends. – Dave Mustaine, Megadeth

He also offered:

“All I asked for was an apology for blaming me for something I didn’t do. I am still willing to play, but the promoter would rather not apologize and prefers to say I asked him to lie, which I didn’t. Am I the only one that sees how easy it is to fix this? The AJ Maddah [‘Soundwave Festival‘ promoter] that I know is a wise and caring man, and I don’t know what has happened to my old friend. My bags are packed Aussie fans.”

Maddah himself sent the following to Mustaine via his Twitter:

Dave, we have been friends for a long time and I love you. Your family is like my own. But the only people being punished here are the fans. We took instructions from your representatives and we acted on those instructions as we would with any other artist. I realise that you fired your agent and manager and appointed new ones during the process… And that there may have been misunderstandings or miscommunications but none of those were at our end.

Despite of this, I sent you a statement regarding possible misunderstandings/miscommunications, apologising to fans, etc, …even though my people did everything by the book and correct protocol was undertaken getting approvals for supports. There are strings of emails supporting this, including ones forwarded with instructions to remove certain artists. I am not sure where and how you believe you are owed an apology.

And if you are, it should be from your own reps! All you are doing by cancelling is punishing the fans who have had no part in any of this. Your reps approved your supports and sent clear instructions.

They even approved artwork and press release. If you have a quarrel, or you were not consulted then your issue is with your reps and not Australian reps or your old friend! So here it is Dave. I apologize for whatever slight you think I have done you. So, does this mean tour is back on?”

Newsted himself has since booked new ‘Sidewave‘ shows alongside Testament.

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