Havok Claim They Were Booted From Megadeth Tour By Mustaine Management (Updated)


Update – August 17th 01:20pm:

Megadeth vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine has shared more of his and his son Justis‘ side of the story regarding Havok‘s recent claims of a contract dispute and more. He alleges that Havok, who were a client of Mustaine Management, failed to pay Mustaine Management money that was owed and also took over 5 months to sign what he referred to as an “industry standard contract”. Mustaine said via a number of tweets:

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Lillake will be replacing Havok on the tour in question alongside Megadeth, Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies and Metal Church. Dates for that include:

09/20 Casper, WY – Casper Events Center
09/22 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel
09/27 Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater
09/28 Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Arena
09/29 San Jose, CA – City National Civic
10/01 Broomfield, CO – 1st Bank Center
10/03 Council Bluffs, IA – Mid America Recreation & Conv. Complex
10/04 St. Paul, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium
10/05 Hoffman Estates, IL – Sears Centre
10/07 Moline, IL – iWireless Center
10/08 Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
10/11 Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event CEnter
10/12 Worcester, MA – DCU Center
10/13 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
10/14 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
10/16 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavlion

Original Story:

Havok will no longer be appearing on the upcoming Megadeth, Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies and Metal Church fall run. The band claim to have been removed from the tour after a contract negotiation for it with Mustaine Management (run by Megadeth lynchpin Dave Mustaine‘s son Justis) went south. Up until now, the band were directly managed by Mustaine Management. Havok frontman David Sanchez issued the below statement:

“It is with deep regret we are forced to inform fans of metal that we will not be on the upcoming Megadeth tour with Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, and Metal Church. We will also not be going to Mexico in August and early September as was planned.

We were really looking forward to these shows, but unfortunately, Mr. Mustaine has chosen to remove us from the lineup. The reasons for our absence are directly related to a contract negotiation insisted upon by Mustaine Management – a negotiation that has gone awry. We are authorized to say that we were offered an unacceptable management contract from Mustaine Management, which we declined.

While working with our lawyer to negotiate the terms of the contract, Mustaine Management threatened to kick us off of the Megadeth tour, Mustaine Management repeatedly failed to respond to phone calls and emails, and eventually told us (through their lawyer) that Mustaine Management is no longer working with Havok. We are only releasing this information to give fans an honest account of the reasons we are no longer on the tour.

We cannot disclose more details at this time (at our attorney’s directive), but nonetheless, would like to thank Mustaine Management for the past opportunities that they brought to the table while working with us. We would also like to apologize to the fans that will not be able to see us this fall – we will sorely miss all of you. New tour dates will be announced soon and we look forward to getting back on the road to headbang with the best fans in the world.

David Sanchez / HAVOK

Havok is set to release their fourth studio album via Century Media Records this winter. You can pre-order the new album at

Megadeth vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine has been on the defensive over the story, claiming that Sanchez is lying:

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