Havok kicked off Megadeth tour over contract dispute

A promotional picture of Havok

Havok say they have been removed as support from Megadeth’s upcoming tour after refusing to sign an “unacceptable” contract.

Havok were named alongside Suicidal Tendencies, Amon Amarth and Metal Church as support acts on the North American tour, but have revealed they will no longer take part after a falling out with Mustaine Management, the firm run by Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine’s son Justis.

Havok say: “It is with deep regret we are forced to inform fans of metal that we will not be on the upcoming Megadeth tour with Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies and Metal Church. We will also not be going to Mexico in August and early September as was planned.

“We were really looking forward to these shows, but, unfortunately, Mr Mustaine has chosen to remove us from the lineup. The reasons for our absence are directly related to a contract negotiation insisted upon by Mustaine Management — a negotiation that has gone awry.

“We are authorised to say that we were offered an unacceptable management contract from Mustaine Management, which we declined.

“While working with our lawyer to negotiate the terms of the contract, Mustaine Management threatened to kick us off of the Megadeth tour, Mustaine Management repeatedly failed to respond to phone calls and e-mails, and eventually told us, through their lawyer, that Mustaine Management is no longer working with Havok.

“We are only releasing this information to give fans an honest account of the reasons we are no longer on the tour.”

Havok continue: “We cannot disclose more details at this time, at our attorney’s directive, but nonetheless, would like to thank Mustaine Management for the past opportunities that they brought to the table while working with us.

“We would also like to apologise to the fans that will not be able to see us this fall — we will sorely miss all of you. New tour dates will be announced soon and we look forward to getting back on the road to headbang with the best fans in the world.”

The affected dates can be viewed in the list below.

Megadeth North American tour with Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies and Metal Church

Sep 20: Casper Events Center, WY
Sep 22: Las Vegas Joint, NV
Sep 24: Devore San Manuel Amphitheater Ozzfest, CA
Sep 27: Seattle WaMu Theater, WA
Sep 28: Eugene Matthew Knight Arena, OR
Sep 29: San Jose City National Civic, CA
Oct 01: Bloomfield 1st Bank Center, CO
Oct 03: Council Bluffs Mid American Complex, IA
Oct 04: St Pail Roy Wilkins Auditorium, MN
Oct 05: Chicago Sears Centre, IL
Oct 07: Moline iWireless Centre, IL
Oct 08: Milwaukee UWM Panther Arena, WI
Oct 09: Detroit Loe Louis Arena, MI
Oct 11: Bethlehem Sandes Event Center, PA
Oct 12: Worcester DCU Center, MA
Oct 13: Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena, CT
Oct 14: Newark Prudential Center, NJ
Oct 16: Camden BB&T Pavilion, NJ

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