According to a online posting by MEGADETH's webmaster, Los Angeles quintet EARSHOT have officially left the MEGADETH-headlining "Blackmail the Universe" U.S. tour. "In no way was EARSHOT booted from the tour by MEGADETH," he writes. "These rumours are absolutely false. EARSHOT had agreed the night before to take opening spot before [other support band] EXODUS for rest of tour, but did not show up for St. Louis show tonight (Nov. 5). MEGADETH wishes them the very best."