Megadeth says Soundwave “ignored” their support requests

Megadeth tour manager Jim Carroccio has denied that Dave Mustaine had anything to do with the decision to “drop former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted’s eponymous band from their Soundwave sideshows.

Carroccio issued the following statement to ABC News Radio today: “Dave Mustaine is not responsible for booting Newsted off [the Soundwave festival]. Dave did not put him 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.”

Newsted was officially dropped from the bill of Megadeth’s Soundwave sideshows on Wednesday. According to a statement released by Soundwave, the lineup change was made “at the request of Megadeth”. American deathcore act Whitechapel have been drafted in to replace Newsted at the Megadeth headline dates in Sydney and Melbourne, which will also feature support from Danish metal band Volbeat.

There was no sign of animosity towards Newsted when FL caught up with Mustaine in late 2013. Asked about the possibility of a collaboration on the Soundwave tour Mustaine said: “You know, I don’t know…We had done a track with him at the end of Gigantour which was really cool, but part of the coolness about that was that it was spur of the moment. If we start doing stuff and people expect it, then it’s not really that cool anymore.”

A statement from Newsted is expected soon.


Megadeth, Volbeat, and Whitechapel sidewave shows:

Tuesday, February 25 – UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney (Licensed All Ages)

Thursday, February 27 – The Forum, Melbourne (18+)