Megadeth's camp has moved quickly to disavow reports of a feud between founder and frontman Dave Mustaine and Jason Newsted, both former members of Metallica.
Newsted's self-titled band was slated to open shows for Megadeth in Melbourne and Sydney during the Soundwave touring festival in Australia but was removed "at the request of Megadeth," according to a posting on the festival website.
But Megadeth tour manager has issued a statement with a different point of view: "Megadeth did not have anything to do with having Jason Newsted removed from the lineup on Megadeth's upcoming Australian tour. Dave Mustaine is not responsible for booting Newsted off [the shows]. 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 part of Megadeth's Gigantour during 2013 and Newsted even joined Mustaine and company on stage at one show to perform Metallica's "Phantom Lord." Newsted has not commented on the situation.