This is weird as fuck, and kind of shitty insomuch as the fans are the ones who’ll ultimately pay the price…depending on where you stand on Megadeth.
The band’s backed out of their previously booked appearance on the upcoming Soundwave Festival in Australia, as well as their planned Sidewave shows.
Why? Because of that brouhaha over the whole Newsted flap.
Then Megadeth’s tour manager denied that was the case, and I guess got shitcanned.
Yesterday, Megadeth issued this statement:
“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”
Later, he added:
“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.”
AJ has since responded:
“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 canceling 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?”
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