The non-feud between Megadeth and Newsted has taken another bizarre turn Down Under.
Less than a week after being blamed for Newsted being dropped from a pair of shows that were part of Australia's Soundwave festival -- and denying it -- Megadeth has quit the dates themselves.
In a posting in Megadeth's Facebook page, frontman Dave Mustaine states that, "Due to circumstances beond its control, unfortuantely Megadeth has to cancel their Australian dates. 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."
Newsted, which was part of Megadeth's Gigantour festival last summer in North America, was initially announced to open for a pair of Megadeth shows; the tour posted a message that Newsted had been dropped "at the request of Megadeth," which Mustaine and company quickly disputed.
And despite Mustaine's contention otherwise, he posted a subsequent note saying that, "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 (Soundwave promoter) AJ Maddah that I know is a wise and caring man, and I don't know what has happened to my old friends. My bags are packed Aussie fans."
Maddah subsequently tweeted an apology saying, "So here it is Dave. I apologize for whatever slight you think I have done to you," following with another tweet asking, "So, does this mean tour is back on?"
Mustaine has not yet responded.