Festival analysis: Soundwave 2013

We go behind the Soundwave line-up announcement to present a definitive guide to everything you need (and don’t really need) to know about next year’s Soundwave.

Not enough metal!

Close but no cigar

The Soundwave 2013 lineup includes Metallica and Anthrax but no Slayer or Megadeth. Big Four denied! That’s not the only near miss on the lineup with the Soundwave team choosing to book a series of spin-off bands and side projects.

A Perfect Circle – but not Tool

Stone Sour – but not Slipknot

Kyuss Lives – but not Kyuss

Tomahawk – but not Faith No More

Kingdom of Sorrow – but not Down or Hatebreed

Duff McKagan’s Loaded – but not a reformed Guns and Roses Appetite for Destruction -era lineup

Six Feet Under – but not a reformed 1988-1995-era Cannibal Corpse lineup

Linkin Park – without Jay-Z

Metallica – without Lou Reed

Of Mice and Men – but not lead singer Austin Carlile’s previous band, crabcore pioneers Attack Attack!

Best band bust-ups on the Soundwave lineup

Of the 41 bands announced on the first lineup only 3 have never had a lineup change, which means that there are dozens of nasty bust-ups to pick over. Five of the nastiest come courtesy of a couple of metal giants, a pair of pop punkers and one former crabcorer.


Who: Original members Josh and Zac Farro.

Why: In a lengthy letter to fans posted by Zac Farro in 2010, he gruesomely detailed life in a band with Hayley: “Her dad would constantly threaten to ‘pull the plug’ on the whole band if we complained about anything, suggesting that we were hired guns and Hayley was the real artist, when in reality we were also part of the band. We’ve always been treated as less important than Hayley. ”


Who: Dave Mustaine and Jason Newsted.

Why: Mustaine was a “a raging megalomaniac” and was eventually fired because of alleged “alcoholism, drug abuse, overly aggressive behavior, and personality clashes”. As for Newsted:




Blink 182

Who: Drummer Scott Raynor

Why: Raynor says he was dropped because of a desire to “stay punk”; Tom DeLonge says, “Our drummer had a drinking problem. One show he dropped his sticks 10 times.”


Who: With 18 former members (9 of them vocalists) there are quite a few to choose from, but we’ll go with Dan Nelson.

Why: In 2009 Dan Nelson was dramatically fired via a press release that said he was “seriously ill” only for the band to reunite with former singer John Bush months later. Nelson said of the firing: “I was never seriously ill or sick at all. This extremely inflammatory statement hurt me tremendously. I was not aware such a statement was being issued and it came as a total shock to me, as I’m sure it did to all of you. It was the other band members’ decision to cancel the tour dates, not mine. I was ready, willing and able to do my job. After issuing the press release the other band members decided, on their own accord, that I had ‘resigned’ from the band. I never resigned from the band.”

Of Mice and Men

Who: While Of Mice and Men are yet to fire one of their own, they are the by-product of a brutal firing. Vocalist Austin Carlile was dropped by crabcore exponents Attack! Attack! in 2009.

Why: Not long after the firing his former band members posted a scathing blog post explaining why. Here is a small sample: “Boys and Girls,We are here to address the new rumor that Austin is back in AA!. I would first like to point out that it would be the coldest day in hell for him to get back in our band. Austin would repeatedly claim that we were a “Christian” band on stage WHILE BEING COMPLETELY DRUNK AND CONTINUING TO DRINK ON STAGE. He abused his prescription medications, drank heavily, and slept with anything that crossed his path. He is an egotistical maniac, and an arrogant jerk. I can sit here all day and name off under age girls that he’s slept with, people he’s screwed over, stolen from, lied to, and used for his own selfish purposes.”

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