Just last year, Jason Newsted and Dave Mustaine were totally best buddies. Dave invited Jason’s band to open for Megadeth on Gigantour and they even got up on stage and jammed on a Metallica tune. But the honeymoon is over!

Newsted, the band, were scheduled to open for Megadeth on some Australian shows but that is no longer happening. The promoters of the tour released the following statement:

“At the request of Megadeth, Newsted will not be playing the below Sidewaves and instead will be replaced by Whitechapel.”

But what could’ve possibly happened? The sleuths at Metal Hammer went to further investigate and found some correspondence between fans and the festival promoters, explaining that this was Dave’s choice:



Could it be about money? Did Jason say something out of line? We currently have no additional info but I’m sure one of these guys will be commenting about this sooner than later.