The controversy surrounding the band's Australian tour started last week when Soundwave reported Megadeth had requested Jason Newsted's new band Newsted be taken off their Sidewave shows in Sydney and Melbourne.
Mustaine denied this happening and laid the blame for the change in line up on Soundwave. This morning it all came to a head, and Megadeth withdrew from the entire tour.
“All I asked for was an apology for blaming me for something I didn't do,” Mustaine wrote on his Facebook page this morning.
“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.”
Soundwave's AJ Maddah this morning said he was caught between being asked to lie on Mustaine's behalf and losing the band from the bill altogether.
I don't like being asked to lie. Nor do I like being extorted. But at the same time I don't want to lose an act off the festival. #dilemma— AJ (@iamnotshouting) February 9, 2014
This week's new sets include music from locals Northlane, Holy Holy and Eves The Behaviour plus music from Lamb Of God and Ducktails.