UPDATE: Megadeth Australian Tour Turmoil

MegadethDespite earlier (as in, a couple of hours ago) reports that Megadeth had pulled out of the Soundwave festival, Dave Mustaine now seems to be open to remaining on the bill Dave has just posted on Facebook: “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 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.” Below is the earlier report:
Last week the metal media pretty much blew up over reports that Megadeth requested that former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted’s band Newsted be removed from the Megadeth Sidewave. This prompted Newsted to book shows with the mighty Testament instead. Now Megadeth has announced that they’ve withdrawn from their Australian tour. Sidewaves, Soundwave, everything. Dave Mustaine posted on Megadeth’s Facebook: “Due to circumstances beyond its control, unfortunately 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.”