Despite knocking back a deal to be one of the headliners of next year's Soundwave festival, Nine Inch Nails say they still hope to tour Australia.
The first wave of Soundwave artists was announced on Friday and Nine Inch Nails were expected to be at the top of it.
When they weren't on the bill there was speculation they were being held for another announcement.
But it has since been confirmed the band will no longer appear at the event, at Claremont Showground on March 3, after a disagreement between frontman Trent Reznor and Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah.
"Australia: we love you and we're coming. Didn't feel Soundwave was the right vibe for us or our fans - working on a better scenario," Reznor tweeted.
But Maddah hit back when asked by a fan on Twitter where Nine Inch Nails were on the Soundwave bill, replying: "Up their own arse sadly."
He added: "Trent wants to be mainstream now and reach Justin Timberlake's audience."Maddah claimed this was the band's words, not his, stating that Reznor said "he no longer wants 'goths & people in black' & feels the need to find a 'more sophisticated audience'".