Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine denies kicking Newsted off Soundwave bill

Dave Mustaine says that he had nothing to do with the decision to drop former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted’s new band from the linup of Megadeth ’s Soundwave sideshows.

Newsted’s eponymous band Newsted – which also features drummer Jesus Mendez, Jr, guitarist Jessie Farnsworth and Staind guitarist Mike Mushok – was officially dropped from the bill of Megadeth’s Soundwave sideshows yesterday. According to Soundwave, the lineup change was made “at the request of Megadeth.”

However in a a Facebook post Mustaine has denied asking for Newsted to be dumped from the lineup. “Look, I’m disappointed too,” Mustaine says. “I explained to Jason Newsted this morning. We didn’t put him on the show and we didn’t kick him off the show.” Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah has responded on Twitter suggesting that the issue may stem from “a problem between managers or agents”.

Curiously when FL recently interviewed outspoken frontman Dave Mustaine there were no signs of animosity. Asked about the possibility of a collaboration with Newsted 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.”


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.

Megadeth, Volbeat, and Whitechapel sidewave shows:

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

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