Since Megadeth bassist David Ellefson was relieved of his duties last week, speculation has been rife about who might be replacing him – and many excitable thrash fans felt like there was a good chance former Metallica bassist Newsted could be primed to step into the role.
But his wife Nicole took to her Instagram yesterday to confirm that Newsted has no plans to join the band. "Jason is not joining Megadeth", she wrote. "Peace to them. Listen to metal."
When a commenter on the post suggested that Newsted wouldn't be a fit to replace Ellefson because he wouldn't be up to the job anymore, Nicole promptly shut them down with the response: "Jason can still fucking shred".
Ellefson was fired from Megadeth after videos of him leaked online, along with allegations that he had been involved in online grooming – charges he denies.
While Ellefson admitted on Instagram (opens in new tab) that “private, adult interactions” took place, he claimed they were “taken out of context and manipulated to inflict maximum damage to my reputation, my career and family.”