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Below is our complete Megadeth news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
MEGADETH have announced the addition of former BLACK LABEL SOCIETY/WHITE LION bassist James Lomenzo to the group's ranks. Lomenzo joins the band as the replacement for James MacDonough, who was officially dismissed from the group on February 10, 2006.
"I want to thank Jimmy for everything and wish him the best in his future endeavors," MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine said in a statement. "He is knowledgable and a good enough bassist to run his own outfit, and I look forward to what he does musically."
Mustaine added, "It was recommeded I check out James Lomenzo by a friend, because I was uncertain which direction I wanted to take with the bassist prior to starting the next record, and everything just clicked."
Lomenzo will perform with MEGADETH at their next scheduled live appearance, which is set for March 16 at the Desert Rock 2006 festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
MEGADETH have parted ways with bassist James MacDonough. In a posting on the band's official forum, James wrote, "I just wanted to say thank you all so much for making me feel so welcome and thank you for all the awesome memories along the road. I will not be playing with MEGADETH any longer. I'm sure Dave [Mustaine, MEGADETH mainman] will post about it soon. Thanks again my metal brothers and sisters."
Could MacDonough's departure signal the return of MEGADETH's original bassist David Ellefson? In a a February 4, 2006 online posting on the band's web site, Mustaine wrote, "I said it before, [and] I'll say it again: I once was resentful, but now I am over the feuds with METALLICA, Ellefson, whomever. I have actually met with Ellefson one-on-one for dinner last year around [Christmas] to just clear the air and let him know I have no hard feelings and wanted to remain friends with him. We have talked on the phone numerous times since."
MEGADETH's next live appearance is scheduled for March 16 at the Desert Rock 2006 festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Ryan Ogle of Live 4 Metal recently conducted an interview with ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
Live 4 Metal: You guys toured with MEGADETH last summer.
Joey Belladonna: "Yeah we did, the Gigantour, we did five shows."
Live 4 Metal: How was that for you?
Joey Belladonna: "Awesome. We're going to do it again next year"
Live 4 Metal: Really?
Joey Belladonna: "Well, we have been asked. It depends on what we're doing"
Live 4 Metal: How would you compare the metal scene of today versus the way it was in your heyday?
Joey Belladonna: "Well, there's a whole lot of music going on now so it's hard to say it's the same, but it's pretty damn close. I still see everyone being very animated, with the excitement of being here and seeing the band and liking the music and everything. There is so much, with the Internet and stuff. Things have changed. There are a lot of new bands and a lot of new styles. But again, we stand on our own, we have our own niche, our own style. So it gives people a chance to come see a different type of band. But overall I see a lot of similarities"
Live 4 Metal: I'm sure a day doesn't go by that someone doesn't ask you this. I read recently that Scott, Frankie and Charlie have been working on new material. Have they asked you to be a part of that yet?
Joey Belladonna: "I haven't had a chance to be a part of it yet. What happened was they all met up in Chicago, for different engagements, whatever it was it was all good because they finally had time to do it because we've been busy. So for us to be able to have time to do it, it's awesome."
Live 4 Metal: So is that the plan, for this lineup to record again?
Joey Belladonna: "I hope so. I mean that's like a baby step from point A. You write, you finish. And then you think about, 'Okay, what is the song going to be, you put vocals on it. Where are you going to record it? When are you going to record it and when will you be done with it?' And then you gotta think about when you'll put it out. You can sit on a record for five months because of delays in the label or the band isn't ready to release it because of whatever. But hopefully it will be sooner and hopefully it will come into play. For me to say yes and not know for sure… It looks good. It's only a matter of time before we should do something. I'd hate to sit around and do old stuff forever. We could because we haven't really played that much."
Live 4 Metal: What would you say is your favorite ANTHRAX album?
Joey Belladonna: "I'd have to go with those first two, 'Spreading' and 'Among', because there's something about those two records. It was in the beginning, I had a chance just to do what I was gonna do and make it happen. Nobody had any idea what was going to happen. The second one comes out, really good songs. Bang, it was tight. Those were two statement records. Even thought 'Spreading' wasn't as big, but what are you gonna do. When you get songs like that are so good, I can't refuse those records. There's some other good stuff. 'State Of Euphoria' [nods to a fan waiting to get said record autographed] talk about a record. A good record, a strange record. We had some time off and we came back in and the songs weren't quite the songs we were looking for, but it was real cool. Then you have 'Persistence of Time', which was totally dark. And I liked the position we were in at that time. Of course then it was done. It was over."
Read the full article at Live4Metal.
Greg Wilson of Doomsdaymusic.com recently conducted an interview with D.D. Verni of OVERKILL/THE BRONX CASKET CO. fame. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Doomsdaymusic.com: Now speaking of shows I know you guys [THE BRONX CASKET CO.] were supposed to have one in October but you basically had it taken away from you what happened?
Verni: "Oh, we were supposed to play with VAN HELSING'S CURSE. I guess the people who run the band — I guess you call it a band — and the management and people in there are total, total fuck-ups. So it just got… I mean, they wound up not doing the show. They canned us because they didn't want a support band on it at all. It was not anything toward us in particular, they just didn't want a support band at all, so I don't know how it got through a promoter and into advertising and radio ads and everything else before they decided that but one hand didn't know what the other hand was doing and it was just basically a total mess so that whole thing kinda fell apart for them and us."
Doomsdaymusic.com: I know OVERKILL is touring through the first part of next year, what are your plans after that? Do you plan on taking THE BRONX CASKET CO. out on the road?
Verni: "We're talking right now about doing some stuff in April over in Europe. If that happens or not, I don't know. Even for OVERKILL, when we finish in February or March, we'll probably start thinking about doing a new record... We've even been talking with [Dave] Mustaine [MEGADETH] a bunch lately about doing the Gigantour and being a part of that for the summer time, so if we end up doing that we'll have to stop our writing process, but otherwise it looks like OVERKILL will finish up in February and work on getting to writing. And THE BRONX CASKET CO. — that's right when we're thinking about doing some touring, but that shouldn't be a problem, because that's me and Blitz [vocals] writing the songs so I can always send him... I already have some stuff for the new album and I can always send him some material if I go out on the road. It's a pretty easy process with me and Blitz when it comes to doing OVERKILL records."
Read the full article at DoomsDayMusic.
Peavey has announced the Zodiac DE Scorpio, the first signature-model bass guitar in the Zodiac Series. Designed with veteran metal bassist David Ellefson (ex-MEGADETH, currently in F5), Peavey Zodiac DE bass guitars are solid rock basses featuring both J-style and P-style pickups.
"I wanted to create a bass that incorporates the best sound qualities of a traditional instrument but also has cutting-edge features designed for modern players," says Ellefson. "My technique and playing style have always demanded more from a bass guitar to really capture the power and depth of my music. The Zodiac DE brings those elements together in one powerhouse instrument."
In the celebrated Peavey tradition, Zodiac basses combine sought-after features with the road-worthy durability required by serious rock players. Like other basses in the Zodiac Series, the David Ellefson signature model — named Scorpio after Ellefson's sign in the astrological zodiac — is built using a solid alder body with sculpted front and back contours and equipped with an articulating bridge with machined saddles. The Scorpio is also outfitted to his specs, including custom Seymour Duncan pickups, a gloss-black finish and a mirrored pickguard.
"Rock n' roll is about constant reinvention and taking things to new extremes, and the Zodiac DE reflects my passion for that lifestyle," adds Ellefson. "I like the bass to be heard as well as felt through the music, and after all, what good is a fancy bass if you can't hear it?"
Zodiac DE Scorpio basses feature one P-style and one J-style pickup, with two master volume controls and one master tone control for shaping the Zodiac sound. Other features include an 8" radius maple neck so players can work into the 21-fret rosewood fingerboard in comfort, plus all-chrome hardware; butterfly tuners; and a Switchcraft jack.
The Peavey Zodiac DE Scorpio bass guitar will be available from authorized Peavey retailers in Q1 2006.
For more information, visit www.peavey.com.
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine will be at NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), which is set to take place from January 19 to January 22 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Dave Mustaine will signing at the ESP booth from 12:30 - 1:30 PM and at the Seymour Duncan booth from 2:30 - 3:30 PM on Saturday, January 21. Visit the NAMM website for more information.
In other news, Megadeth has commissioned deviantART.com to hold a contest to design a new Vic Rattlehead. Dave Mustaine will choose the winners and three ESP guitars will be given away as prizes. Contest is open now and runs till Feb 14. For more information, visit deviantART.com.
Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover has posted the following message at the band's official forum:
"I returned home from Toronto a few days ago, in which Glen (Drover - guitar) and myself attended the Toronto Music Expo - It was nice to see the droogs who did attend this event, as well as seeing my Canadian Pearl Drums rep, Redge, who was at the show helping Flo Mournier (Cryptopsy drummer) who had a drum seminar at the show. For those who are not aware of Flo's drumming, this dude is 1 of the sickest, fastest Death metal drummers on planet earth (in my humble opinion). Anyways, it was cool talking to him for a bit as well.
Finnish death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM have uploaded their covers of MEGADETH's "Hangar 18" and DEATH's "Suicide Machine" on their MySpace.com page.
OMNIUM GATHERUM's latest album "Years in Waste", was released in the U.S. in March via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Spirits and August Light" was recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, Finland with producer Nino Laurenne and engineer Teemu Aalto.
MEGADETH guitarist Glen Drover (also in EIDOLON) has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's web site:
"I just wanted to say hi to all and hope you are doing well. I am enjoying this break at home, but I am staying pretty busy. Shawn [Drover, MEGADETH/EIDOLON drummer] will be here tomorrow, so we will be putting his ideas to tape here in my studio. I will probably put a few of my ideas down as well. We'll most likely be sending it off to Dave [Mustaine] sometime next week or so. The two of us have not been in the studio for well over one year, so this will be fun.
"We will also be appearing at the Toronto Music Expo this coming Saturday, from 12-1PM at the Long and Mcquade booth. I went to this show last year, so I know firsthand that this will be a cool thing to be a part of. I always enjoy looking at what new equipment is coming out."
FIREWIND, the Greek power metal act led by guitarist Gus G. (DREAM EVIL, ARCH ENEMY), have posted the following message on their official web site:
"As many of you know by now from other online sources, Chity Somapala [vocals] has decided to leave FIREWIND due to 'personal reasons.' But this doesn't mean that FIREWIND stops right here! We're already working with an incredible new vocalist and have eight brand new songs that kick ass!!
"Due to Chity's sudden departure, our plans for an extensive European tour this fall had to be cancelled. But we will be back on the road as soon as the new album is completed.
Although nothing's confirmed by now, we're looking at entering the studio in late January/early February 2006.
"More details and new singer info to follow soon."
FIREWIND's third album, "Forged by Fire", received its long-overdue U.S. release in July via Magick Records (a division of Cleopatra Records).
Somapala originally joined FIREWIND in early 2004 as the replacement for Stephen Fredrick. Chity appeared on "Forged by Fire", which was produced by band leader/guitarist Gus G. and mixed by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. Guest musicians on the album included former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and ex-TESTAMENT/DEATH axeman James Murphy.
Gus G. recently toured with ARCH ENEMY on Ozzfest 2005 as the group's touring guitarist after Christoper Amott bowed out of that band in order to "fully concentrate on his studies at home in Sweden," according to ARCH ENEMY axeman Michael Amott.
MEGADETH bassist James MacDonough (ex-ICED EARTH) has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site:
"We all fly home today of course to be with our families, leaving the Killing Road for a bit. We have a huge family of Droogs all around the world.
"Like I said in my previous post, this has been an awesome tour and a truly amazing experience. Now it's time to regroup and get ready for the next endeavor, this next album will kick some major butt. A new MEGADETH with the old sincerity.
"THANKS again my friends. I'll catch up in a couple of weeks with many new pics for you to check out, spanning the last few months or so.
"Stay metal and be safe!"
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine announced at the conclusion of the band's headlining performance in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 9 that the group's current lineup — which includes MacDonough, drummer Shawn Drover (EIDOLON) and guitarist Glen Drover (EIDOLON) — will continue to record and tour under the name MEGADETH.
MEGADETH have just completed a South American tour in support of "The System Has Failed", which came out in September 2004. The latest MEGADETH release, "Greatest Hits: Back to the Start" (Capitol), entered the Billboard chart at No. 65 and has sold 98,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
After parking at the pay lot across the street we approach the Big Sandy Super Arena located on 3rd avenue of Huntington, West Virginia. The venue is lovingly referred to as the “civic center” by the locals. On the bricked walk way in front of the doors is a van, not any van but a van fully painted in the cover art of the new Bobaflex album, Apologize for Nothing. Impressive, flashy and showboating, but impressive none the less. This is home state for the band, so why not show off a little. We snap a couple of pictures of the van and we’re off to the window to grab our tickets. I give the lady my name and who I’m on the list for, Bobaflex. She finds the envelope; she slides the package through the slot in the glass. I open the package, as promised my photo pass. Off to a good start to a good night. More...
DAVE MUSTAINE made his announcement after a special version of "Coming Home" to the Argentinian crowd at the sold out show in Buenos Aires.
"I told you earlier tonight that I was gonna let all of you know first before the rest of the world what our decision was - whether or not we were gonna continue with MEGADETH or not," MUSTAINE said before playing a special rendition of "Coming Home", with the song's lyrics changed from the original "I'm coming home to Arizona" to "I'm coming home to Argentina." Immediately after the song, MUSTAINE said "The answer is yes." MEGADETH will continue as a band. MEGADETH will record a new album. MEGADETH will continue to play.
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the forum section of the band's official web site: "Well, the Chilean show was fantastic! And except for the 500 people who rioted outside the venue, the 24 that got arrested, the wall that was pulled down and the car that was destroyed, everything went smooth as a baby's bottom."
"We are now in the VIP lounge at the Santiago Airport, getting ready to fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina. I can not tell you how excited I am to play here one more time. We are going to be filming this show as some of you may know, and visiting a lot of the city's sights and sounds.
"Tonight we are going to by far the best steakhouse in the world. My personal favorite — Happenings! And I have asked Glen [Drover, guitar] if he wants to go for a walk with me tomorrow or the next day to play some songs in the park outside our hotel. So if you see two Gringos with guitars singing heavy songs on acoustic (hehehe) you will know it is us.
"To all the beautiful people of Chile, I am glad I got to see you all once again. You are fabulous and we love you all."
U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine recently conducted an interview with SLAYER guitarist Kerry King. Several excerpts from the chat follow:
Metal Hammer: Shouldn't you be releasing a record soon? It's been four years since "God Hates Us All".
Kerry King: "It seems like everybody under the sun says, 'We want a new record,' but at the same time, they keep saying, 'We'd really like you to come back on tour.' That shit bumps everything on the backburner. The funny this is Dave [Lombardo, drums] and me have had a 10-song demo we did up at his house that's been lying around since March 2004. I know Jeff [Hanneman, guitar] has written a couple , and I've written a couple more since then, so this week we're going to start the process of getting back together and nailing this thing. With luck, we'll start recording by September. I'm hoping to work with Dave Sardy, who was with us for 'Undisputed Attitude'. Lombardo wants Rick Rubin for drums, and I've no problems with that because, in my opinion, it's what he's best at. But I think we're all pretty much agreed that the overall producer will be Sardy."
Metal Hammer: Is Lombardo back for keeps now?
Kerry King: "As far as I know, Dave is back in the band. It was 12 years we were apart, and that's 12 years of growing up for everybody. Actually, I think we're probably a better band because of it. It seems to me like Dave's having a great time, and I know he gets up in front of some of those 30,000 crowds and thinks, 'Man, this rocks!' he's playing better than he's ever played."
Metal Hammer: It's every metal geek's dream. The original, class-of-1982 SLAYER lineup reunited.
Kerry King: "Exactly. Having Dave back in the band is one of the highlights of my whole time in SLAYER. There are kids that could've been into us for over 10 years that never got to see us the way we are meant to be. I just saw ANTHRAX at one of those Euro festivals with Joey [Belladonna] — and I liked John Bush to death, y'know, he was a great singer — but something just happens when Joey plays. As for [JUDAS] PRIEST, when Ripper joined, I didn't see 'em once."
Metal Hammer: Having been around for almost a quarter of a century, what do you think SLAYER did right that the other pioneers of the thrash movement did wrong?
Kerry King: "Well, we never took time off from the thrash movement like METALLICA did. We didn't get sidetracked by pop music like MEGADETH did. We didn't lose our frontman like ANTHRAX did. I probably felt competition with those bands at the time thrash was taking off, but we always knew that none of those bands were better than us. We just went out and kept doing our thing."
Metal Hammer: What do you think went wrong for METALLICA?
Kerry King: "One word: 'Load'. But also, whenever you think enough of yourself to play with an orchestra, that's when you're too big. People say to us, 'When are you guys going to do that?' And I'm like, 'Never.'"
Metal Hammer: You've had your fair share of run-ins with MEGADETH over the years.
Kerry King: "People say, 'What's your problem with [Dave] Mustaine?' To which I say, 'Well, he's a cocksucker, for one thing.' But my problem with MEGADETH is, I don't know who that band is anymore. It's like the METALLICA thing. Who's METALLICA? Is METALLICA the band that did 'Master of Puppets' and 'Ride the Lightning', or is METALLICA the band who got to the point where they felt they could put out 'Load' and 'Reload'? It's lie, 'Who are you?'"
Metal Hammer: How long can you keep this up? It's hard to imagine SLAYER not being around.
Kerry King: "It's hard to put a time scale on it. I do know I can't do this for another 25 years. We're more of a physical band than a band like [BLACK] SABBATH, who can keep coming back. Tony [Iommi] is a great guitar player, but if you put a time-lapse camera on him, he'd probably move 10 feet the whole show. We can't be like that. If we had to come and do a show when I was 60, I'd probably bust a vertebra."
I went to the Gigantour show at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC on September 9. Because I have been busy for the past little while, I haven’t got the chance to get this done until now. As far as I know, the Montreal date has been filmed for the upcoming Gigantour DVD to feature Dream Theater and the Vancouver show was filmed for Anthrax.
Although originally scheduled to play, the Dillinger Escape Plan had to back out due to an injury suffered by guitarist Ben Weinman, which is a bit of a downer. On the bright side, DEP will be back in Vancouver in November. More...
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site:
"I have made up my mind [regarding whether I will continue with MEGADETH or pursue a solo career] and will tell you all on the night of the Buenos Aires concert [on October 9]. It will be up to the fans in Argentina to break the news to you after their last song."
Mustaine recently parted ways with Sanctuary Records, the label that released three albums from MEGADETH, including 2004's critically acclaimed "The System Has Failed", which debuted at No. 18 on The Billboard 200 chart. The latest MEGADETH release, "Greatest Hits: Back to the Start" (Capitol), entered the Billboard chart at No. 65 and has sold 92,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site:
"Well, I am almost completely decompressed from the tour and have been very busy whilst at home. Besides my big buddy Lance Dean coming out here and helping me set up my studio in my home, and Richard Heyer helping me empty out my storage locker, I made a very interesting drive up the coast to meet with my manager and the good folks at BMI.
"Lemme clear up the studio bit and the selling of extra gear. I had two storage lockers of all the leftover gear I had once I retired and paid off all the creditors of MEGADETH back in 2002. I did not want anyone, at all, to lose a penny that they had been owed by MEGS, and there were a few people, so I sold off a lot of gear to pay them. Very bad looking on the outside, but you know me by now that I am a man of my word. Any of the gear that was left over that belonged to the previous members was either returned, or in the same way I just mentioned, sold to pay debtors. Also, I tried to help the ex-guys by sending them a lil scratch on the side if it was possible if they wanted the MEGADETH store to sell it.
"There is still a lot of stuff that I have accumulated over the years, and I doubt I need now, so in good spirit I wanted to let young bands that would like to get some stuff from me 'cheep' or for you collectors our there to pick up.
"As far as what kind of a new record to expect, well, don't! I still haven't made up my mind yet. And even though Gigantour 2 is being organized, that doesn't mean I will play on it, or that MEGADETH will. I would like to, mind you .
"Also, this last tour had a few hiccups with stress, timing, lack of coordination/cooperation, personnel changes, but nothing at all was caused by the talent that I was graciously accompanied by. I guess the most difficult thing was the platinum tickets. This is the first time we did this and probably the last because of the disorganization, and the complaints. However, there were many satisfied Droogies and She-Wolves and to you I say, 'thanks!'
"I have been in touch with the boys since I have been home and we are going to try to do something very special for the live DVD that we are making from Argentina, and I know the fans won't disappoint ya, I just hope I don't. We are going to try to play a song down there that I wrote specifically for Argentina, and do a lil word play on another song so that it works down there. I only wish that the entire world of MEGA-fans could be there this one night to celebrate this moment with us together.
"I plan on taking my fantastico crew to dinner at the best steak house in the planet, a place called 'Happenings' in Buenos Aires, but other than that, I am going to be spending as much time as humanly possible with the Droogs, filming and speaking very poor Spanglish.
"Lastly, I have gotten lists of bands from the boys that they like, and am comparing them with my notes, as well as doing research to see if they are available and if they would be a strong supporter for Gigantour 2. I am aware that all of these things start off slow, unless you have over a dozen bands, (which is too much for what I am trying to do) and so I thank everyone that came out for the maiden voyage. I intend on starting around the end of May and going through July. And in case MEGADETH plays again, and the possibility comes that we are offered a festival overseas during that time, we would just have to 'squeeeeeze it in.'
"It's great to see all of you in here mingling, making friends, settling arguments like the amazing Droogies that you are and not being dorks like a lot of communities are suffering from, but we know that we are very inviting and very kewl here. You simply are the best fans in the world and you make all of the new fans feel so welcome that it makes me wanna act like a new fan just to see if I am missing something.
"To all of the people, journos, photogs, radio, tv-video, and promo people that made 'The System Has Failed' such a fun record to tour, I will be indebted to you for the rest of my days. And we all know how important our webmaster and SLs are; you are the tip-top best!
"Love and bruises to you all!!!"
VueWeekly.com recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH guitarist Glen Drover. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
On being in MEGADETH:
"Being in MEGADETH is a great thrill. It's amazing to be in a band that you grew up listening to. Even after all these shows it's not like that effect has worn off yet — it's still exciting."
On the challenges on playing with MEGADETH:
"It's challenging music, and that's what keeps it interesting. You definitely have to be on your toes, but that's part of the fun for me — it gets boring otherwise. All the guitar players are quite different from each other, so it's been quite challenging to try to emulate those solos and feels. I try to keep it pretty faithful to the album: I find most fans want to hear it like that and appreciate when you try to do it that way, and out of respect to them and to all the guitarists who have come before me I try to get as close as humanly possible to the original, although you have to allow your own personality into the music to a point, because otherwise you end up sounding like a robot."
"You're always going to be compared to people from the past, and there are some pretty big guns there — Marty Friedman, Chris Poland, all of them. Some people are really fond of a particular lineup, but I have to say it's been mostly positive. I'm stepping into a lot of big shoes, and for the most part people's reaction has been really great, which I've been really happy about."
Read the entire interview at Megadeth.com.
Well, I am back at home, have decompressed from the plane, celebrated my official birthday (thank you all for the wishes, gifts, cards, and emails), and am getting over a helluva bout with tour sickness. I don't know if it is something I got at the last show, or I was just sick all along and finally putting the Big Redheaded Machine into park has allowed it all to catch up with me.
"Anyway, as you know, MEGADETH put out 'The System Has Failed' in September of 2004 and after touring the world, excluding the last four remaining dates south of the equator it has been a tremendous success. Sure there were hard times with putting a band together, taking the painful barbs thrown by people who didn't think (or want) me to go on, dealing with guests that I could not spend the time I had wanted to be with them or that they had wanted to be with me and the ensuing problems that followed that, and lastly the constant sickness that followed the tour.
"Add to that the legal matters, like leaving Sanctuary, trying to get the Greatest Hits together, trying to get the DVD together containing all the old videos and threats from people not to be included or wrangling with other licensers to get permission to use the footage, and you see how this was a feat for me or anyone to pull off.
"But I did, and it would never have happened without your love and support, and undying encouragement. I will never forget this last year. Seeing all of you around the globe was a delight for me, but even more so to see my band meeting you all and how loved you made them feel.
"So, this thing called Gigantour was born at the last minute, and because of my relationship with bands that went out with me and MEGADETH, I feel we had a great time. In retrospect, there were a few things I would do differently, but not much. It was a sad day when we lost THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, and when the time came to say, 'So long' to DREAM THEATER and SYMPHONY X, and we were all disappointed with the DRY KILL LOGIC bus breaking down and not having them finish out the tour, but I believe they know how much I loved them and was grateful for all of their time we shared until we said goodbye.
"The last shows with ANTHRAX and the remaining Gigantour 2005 bands; FEAR FACTORY, NEVERMORE, LIFE OF AGONY, and BOBAFLEX came and went too fast. I have only the best things to say about these fine bands and wish them all tremendous amounts of success in the years to come. I also believe that if Gigantour continues on for as many years as I hoped that we will see them again. If not, I hope to grace a stage with them somewhere else in time again soon.
"Lastly, to you, the fans that came out to see the 'Blackmail The Universe' tour or Gigantour . . . what can I say other than you made my dream come true. I love you and am indebted to your faith in me, in the other bands that you may have been fans of and came out for, and importantly most just for supporting our scene. As I write this letter to you all we are already starting the necessary work to make Gigantour 2006 competitive with the inaugural run, and I hope to make even more friends out on the 'Killing Road' with people like yourselves, and the bands that stood by me. Check back in every once in a while to see when I announce the next Gigantour, the next year's talent, and when and where you can see us again.
"I usually close concerts with, 'You've been great, we've been MEGADETH, goodnight!' but that just doesn't seem right today. I think that you've been more than great and we've all been MEGADETH! Time will crawl for me until I can see your faces again and deliver the goods to my North American friends.
"I love you my Droogies and She Wolves!
"Come on, Gigantour 2!"