AJ Maddah and Dave Mustaine trade insults over Soundwave cancellation

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine and Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah are engaged in a social media battle following the band’s decision cancel their Australian tour.

Maddah responded to Megadeth’s cancellation by calling it one of the weirdest experiences he has ever had. He claims the band had asked him to lie about the “reason for the decision”, reportedly the decision to have Jason Newsted’s band removed from the bill, but according to Mustaine that’s not true.

“All I asked for was an apology for blaming me for something I didn’t do,” Mustaine told fans via Facebook. “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 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.”

Unable to reach Mustaine by phone, Maddah has responded in a series of tweets accusing Mustaine of letting down his Australian fans:

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! If it takes a hollow and meaningless apology from me (not quite sure for what) to protect YOUR fans then I will do it! So here it is Dave. I apologize for whatever slight you think I have done you.

FL will keep you posted on this developing story.