On Feb. 5, news broke that Newsted had been booted from two of Megadeth's upcoming Australian tour dates. It was stated by organizers that Jason Newsted's eponymous band were removed from the shows "at the request of Megadeth," but according to a Megadeth representative, the band had nothing to do with kicking Newsted off the Australian gigs.
An interesting news story involving Megadeth and Jason Newsted has come across the pond from Australia. Ever year, tons of amazing bands are recruited to tour throughout Australia for the Soundwave Festival. Many acts take the opportunity to play extra 'Sidewave' shows while they're traveling around the country, but according to Soundwave itself, Jason Newsted's eponymous solo act has been booted from two Megadeth side shows "at the request" of the band.
For over 100 years, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) hosts a gathering like no other. A tremendous amount of talented and influential individuals from all corners of the music industry got together to share ideas, set up merch booths and witness special performances from legendary artists. Each NAMM event attracts many elite musicians to the convention, and although NAMM's Winter 2014 showcase was a success, former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza had an unpleasant run-in with ex-bandmate Dave Mustaine.
Last night (Jan. 22), metalheads were treated to the fifth installment of Metal Masters. Boasting a lineup of brilliant musicians, the 11 legendary players tore through 22 songs for a captivated Anaheim, Calif., audience. If you were unable to check out Metal Masters 5 in person, no worries! We've got some fan-filmed footage to share with you here.
Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is a busy man. Along with holding down the low end for the thrash legends, Ellefson is currently lending his talents to Altitudes & Attitude, a project just launched with Anthrax's Frank Bello and A Perfect Circle's Jeff Friedl. The bassist is also appearing at the much-anticipated Metal Masters 5 clinic.