Megadeth Cancel Soundwave Tour After Not Getting Apology From Organizer

"My bags are packed Aussie fans," Dave Mustaine adds.

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The story that unnecessarily grabbed headlines for the past few days just received yet another plot twist, as Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine confirmed the band's cancelation of Australian Soundwave tour.

As reported, the event organizer initially announced kicking Newsted off two festival sideshows, stressing it was a personal request from Mustaine. Dave had since denied making such a demand and has requested an apology from organizer AJ Maddah.

The frontman allegedly never got the apology, resulting in a decision to pull Megadeth off Soundwave.

"Due to circumstances beyond its control, unfortunately Megadeth has to cancel their Australian dates," the announcement reads. "Megadeth's decision is unrelated to the fact that Jason Newsted is performing at Soundwave. Jason and I spoke recently and continue to be friends. - Dave Mustaine, Megadeth"

Mustaine issued a follow-up statement via his Facebook page, noting, "All I asked for was an apology for blaming me for something I didn't do. 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."

Maddah had since addressed Dave via Twitter, saying that although Mustaine's family is "like his own," he's "not sure where and how you believe you are owed an apology. And if you are, it should be from your own reps!"

"So here it is Dave. I apologize for whatever slight you think I have done you," AJ added. Whether or not this apology is enough yet remains to be seen.

@DaveMustaine Dave, we have been friends for a long time and I love you. Your family is like my own.

— AJ (@iamnotshouting) February 10, 2014

@DaveMustaine 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!

— AJ (@iamnotshouting) February 10, 2014

@DaveMustaine So here it is Dave. I apologize for whatever slight you think I have done you.

— AJ (@iamnotshouting) February 10, 2014

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    Aryan Death Man
    Damn.Even 'Breaking Bad' doesn't have twists like this.
    Next, this AJ Maddah guy is going to throw pizza on Mustaine's roof.
    Aryan Death Man
    and in the process,he will say to his wife "I'M THE ORGANIZER"
    "I AM THE ONE WHO ROCKS" "God dammit AJ, they're minerals."
    Better call Saul.....Hudson
    WOW...there a probably somewhere in the area of about 30 fans throughout Australia that are really pissed about this....
    Since everybody is apologizing for things, let me just go on and say that I'm sorry communication between bands and organizers seems to happen via twitter these days.
    Even worse when they don't even speak to each other about the issue directly, just name dropping one another as they air their complaints to an ambiguous audience
    How do you know they didn't speak directly? Just because Maddah is on twitter with this doesn't mean that he and Dave didn't talk directly. Honestly, you're making a HUGE assumption.
    If they are talking in person then one or both of them are clearly just making a public show out of this. Your right that it's making a big assumption that there not talking in person but that assumption is that there being truthful about their knowledge of this situation and people seem to want to believe that.
    legend shredder
    Someone asked him about that and he said that this was the only way of contacting him directly as Dave wasn't answering the phone.
    As much as I can see Dave's side of the story, it's a shame to have to disappoint the Australian fans.
    As an Aussie Megadeth fan (who is looking forward to watch Megadeth on Soundwave), I am disappointed Dave. You owe ME an apology.
    I go to Soundwave every year! Aprox. $180 (australian dollars) a ticket and although it's usually pretty awesome, there's always drama's surrounding it! Us Aussie fans just want to see our fave bands...and get what we have payed our hard earned money for! Disappointed!
    Jacques Nel
    The "restraints" of being in the entertainment industry, 3 humans can't get together in a room and talk things out like normal people. Instead we have tonnes of reps speaking on their behalf, lawyers and social media statements. FFS guys, what happened to talking something out face to face?
    A bunch of needless middle men would be unemployed, further decimating the ridiculous music industry.
    They kind of can't, especially when most of the bands are based in the US or Europe, meaning a roughly 18-24 hour flight to talk to Australian festival organisers 'in a room to talk things out like normal people'. Even outside that unusual situation, an album release cycle these days involves promotional TV and radio spots, a tour that might include festival appearances, and if bands are lucky they might be able to squeeze in a few days off in the year or two they'll be on the road. Without secretaries tours probably couldn't happen, it's just a shame that some dickheads think every grievance against them on Twitter is a good idea.
    I'm completely lost on this story, did MegaDave demand that Newsted was removed from the bill or not ?
    Appearantly yes, but then again, appearantly not... seriously though, that rumor was started, but it turned out dave didn't do anything like that. all he did was deliver a list with bands he was comfortable with playing, it's not sure if jason is on that bill yes or no, but organisers of the festival ignored the list dave send them.
    But why does Dave Mustaine get to have a list of bands that he is or isn't comfortable with on the bill, it's not his festival, that makes no sense.
    There was an instance in which Mustaine pulled Megadeth from a festival date because Rotting Christ was also to appear at the festival - going against Dave's belief system. That's probably what led to his band request lists.
    The list was for Megadeth's sideshow, not the festival itself.
    It could have been a misinterpretation, I'm sure some promoter's like to error on the side of caution when dealing with big names and he could have taken action on his own in a rush to please.
    The story as I've heard it. Megadeth were to do Soundwave side shows outside of the festivals so Dave gave a list to the promoters listing the bands he was comfortable performing with. The promoters ignored it at first but then realised their mistake so they removed Newsted from the side show with Megadeth. Dave claims that the only control he had was giving them the list and that he did not book nor did he remove Newsted from the bill. I don't know how much of it is true but the point is that Newsted was added to the side show and then removed. NOT the Soundwave Festival lineup as many people are confused about.
    This would've been my first time seeing Megadeth too, but nope. No Megadeth for me.
    This sounds like Axl Rose article
    Guns N' Chains
    Axl would have probably played the organizer's game but just wouldn't have showed up after he said he would be there. Thus, leaving thousands of fans screwed likely to result in a riot.
    I never thought I'd say this, and you can downvote me all you want for it, but I'm actually kinda with Mustaine on this one. If this guy is really lying on purpose, dicking around with lineups just to stir shit up, I'd leave the tour too. No time for none of this tour politics bullshit. I'd just wanna go up and play and not worry about stupid drama.
    I dont think you would be agreeing with him if you were from Australia. This whole thing is a childish. Dave and this promoter sound pretty unprofessional to me. Get over it and do the right thing, which is to not let your fans down over a silly lie.
    That's all fine and dandy, but why did Megadeth announce that it's out of their control? This was Mustaine's choice
    Don't say it's the choice of Mustaine, or else you have to apologize to him
    According to the organizer who propably buckled under all the pressure and needed a scapegoat.
    I think he meant it was Dave's choice to pull his band out of the tour. He very well could have played regardless of the apology, though he might have hated it.
    I don't know what to think of this promoter. First the stuff with Sevendust and now this. Judging from his tweets on both cases he kinda seems like a prick
    I haven't heard anything about his problem with Sevendust, but his problems with Nine Inch Nails were well publicised. My heart sank when I heard Maddah bought half of the Big Day Out festival. So now instead of just picking fights with the bands who play Soundwave, he now gets to pick fights with anyone who plays Australia's biggest festival. Speaking of the Big Day Out, it was announced last week that the Perth shows probably won't happen ever again, and the Adelaide shows are on shaky ground. I can't shake the feeling that Maddah is about to ruin big festivals in this country.
    Dr Funkenstein
    He is a prick, but he's a prick with pulling power. Soundwave lineups for the last few years have been awesome (for Australia anyway)