Megadeth Not Behind Newsted’s Removal From Aussie Trek

Tour manager comes to band’s defense in wake of criticism



A representative for Megadeth has dismissed reports the band wanted and successfully campaigned to have Newsted removed from the bill of several upcoming Australian shows.

The tour’s organizers claimed Newsted was dropped at Megadeth’s behest, but the band’s tour manager Jim Carroccio says that’s horseshit.

“Dave Mustaine is not responsible for booting Newsted off” the upcoming Soundwave festival “off” dates in Australia, Carroccio tells ABC News Radio, which, for reasons unknown, suddenly gives a fuck about Megadeth.

“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.”

So that settles that.

A tour manager, paid by Megadeth, claims his employers did nothing wrong. I buy it.

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