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:
Audio samples of all 11 tracks that are set to appear on "Heavy Metal Music", the full-length debut from NEWSTED — the new band featuring former METALLICA, VOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Newsted and STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok — can be streamed in theYouTube clip below.
"Heavy Metal Music" will be released on August 6 in North America viaChophouse Records/Collective Sounds and August 5 in Europe throughSpinefarm Records. Jason told Billboard.com the 11-song album will be very similar to the band's debut EP, "Metal", which sold around 6,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 62 on The Billboard 200 chart. "The EP was always intended to be the primer, a sampler of what was to come on the LP," he said. "It's all metal all the time. It's not all fast, but it is all heavy."
Canadian metal innovators VOIVOD were joined by their former bassistJason Newsted and DOWN/ex-PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo during their June 23 concert at Hellfest in Clisson, France to perform the songs "Voivod" and "Astronomy Domine" (PINK FLOYD cover), respectively. Professionally filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.
Newsted joined VOIVOD in 2002 and served as producer for the metal legends' self-titled album in 2003 on the Chophouse Records label (in association with Surfdog Records).
Longtime friends and pioneers of metal music, Newsted and originalVOIVOD vocalist Snake (a.k.a. Denis Belanger), guitarist Piggy (a.k.a.Denis D'Amour), and drummer Away (a.k.a. Michel Langevin) first began working together at Newsted's Chophouse studio in 1995, intent on keeping the music alive between busy touring schedules. However, withNewsted's departure from METALLICA in January 2001, he was free to join VOIVOD as a full-fledged member and would remain involved with the group until 2008.