Source: Classic Rock Magazine
Words: Eric Mackinnon
MEGADETH have pulled the plug on their planned Australian tour dates after a row with a promoter who allegedly hinted the band were to blame for removing former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted’s solo band from the tour.
News outlets down under are reporting Newsted were removed from the bill at shows in Sydney and Melbourne while touring Australia on the annual Soundwave festival.
And Soundwave organisers have claimed that Jason Newsted’s band was booted from the dates “at the request of Megadeth.”
But these claims have been furiously denied by Megadeth tour manager Jim Carroccio who tells ABC News Radio: “Dave Mustaine is not responsible for booting Newsted off.
“Dave did not put [Jason] on the bill and did not take him off the bill. Dave submitted a list of bands he was comfortable with and the promoter ignored the list.
“Dave and Jason are friends [and] this has blown up into something silly.”
Mustaine himself has had to make a public statement to acknowledge the reports with the frontman posting on the band’s official Facebook page: “”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.”
Mustaine later followed the post up with a second post in which he asks the promoter: “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?
“[Australian touring mogul and Soundwave promoter] AJ Maddah 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.”
The post prompted Maddah to take to Twitter and apologise in a bid to smooth the situation over before it’s too late. He writes: “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 [all] 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?”