Ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has been confirmed for Megadeth's summer 2013 Gigantour.
The Newsted band will join Device, Hellyeah, and Death Division on the tour at around the same time they release their debut full-length album, which follows their recent "Metal" EP.
The new tour addition helps explain Dave Mustaine's curious hints last month, when he said: "I think [fans] are gonna be pretty stoked, because each one of the other bands on there, they're new bands comprised of a person who was a major celebrity from a really large band that went on to do something new."
Confirming their role on the Gigantour on Facebook, Newsted said: "Hey Newsted Metalheads!!! I am so excited to announce that Newsted will be joining Megadeth this summer on Gigantour 2013!!! More details coming later this week. Can't wait to crush it this summer!!! [sic]"
Meanwhile, Jason has said in a new interview that he forgives Metallica for famously placing his bass parts low in the mix for their 1988 album "... And Justice for All," saying: "There are so many years of water under the bridge with that and I can now see it for what it is," he told Metal Exiles (via Blabbermouth).
The real reason the bass is low is apparently because he was used to writing bass parts that follow the guitar, but that meant both instruments were fighting for the same space in the mix - and of course, the guitar had to win. "If I had of known then what I know now, it would have been different, but it became a classic album for what it was," he said. "I used to be pissed about it back then, but that was a long time ago."