Megadeth cancel meet-and-greets on European tour for fans’ sake

Dave Mustaine
Quality concerns: Mustaine

Megadeth have cancelled all the meet-and-greet sessions on their European tour, because mainman Dave Mustaine believes fans weren’t going to get the “kick-ass” experience they deserve.

He says the band are all “pissed” after a disagreement with Wonderful Union, the company organising the events. And he’s vowed to make things up to followers who’d bought tickets in the hope of meeting Megadeth, a photo with the band, autographed poster, shot glass, fan club access and VIP upgrades based around each night’s show.

Mustaine says in a video: “We were doing meet-and-greets with a company, and they did not send a representative to Europe with us.

“We’re supposed to be doing this right. And since the meet-and-greets are not up to par, that I believe you deserve – and I believe it should be done really, really, cool – they’ve been cancelled.”

He adds that he’s taken personal action because he’s heard the company in question “never told anybody” about the cancellations.

“I hope this is not true, but we’re going to get to the bottom of it. Until this is done right, and done the way I believe you deserve, then I’m just going to have to wait until I can hang out with you guys in person.”

Mustaine had previously tweeted: “All meet and greets are cancelled as of 629. Wonderful Union were told to email or text everyone that we are refunding the tickets. Evidently for two shows now they have not. I am letting you know.”

Megadeth are currently touring in support of 15th album Dystopia, with drummer Dirk Verbeuren in place of Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler, who’s on the road with his own band.

Megadeth remaining tour dates 2016

Jul 05: Athens Piraeus 117 Academy, Greece
Jul 07: Sofia Universiada Hall, Bulgaria
Jul 10: Istanbul Rock Off, Turkey
Jul 13: Bucharest Arenele Romane, Romania
Jul 15: Dunaujvaros Rockmaraton, Hungary
Jul 16: Presov Harley Festival, Slovakia
Jul 17: Vozovicev Masters Of Rock, Czech Republic
Jul 30: Quito Teleferico, Ecuador
Aug 02: Santiago Teatro Caupolican, Chile
Aug 04: Neuquen Estadio Ruca Che, Argentina
Aug 05: Neuquen Estadio Ruca Che, Argentina
Aug 07: Sao Paulo Espaco Das Americas, Brazil
Aug 09: Belo Horizonte Expominas, Brazil
Aug 12: Brasilia Net Live, Brazil
Aug 13: Fortaleza Siara Hall, Brazil
Aug 16: Porto Alegre Pepsi On Stage, Brazil
Aug 18: Curitaba Spazio Van, Brazil
Aug 20: Ascuncion Independiente, Paraguay
Aug 22: Buenos Aires Luna Park, Argentina
Aug 23: Buenos Aires Luna Park, Argentina
Aug 26: San Salvador Gimnasio Nacional, El Salvador
Aug 29: Mexico City Pepsi Center, Mexico
Sep 01: Santiago Plaze de Toros Santa Maria, Mexico
Sep 03: Monterrey Mexico Metal Fest, Mexico
Sep 24: San Bernardino Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, CA

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