MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the group's web site:
"Just want to tell you about the last week of waiting to go on tour, AND the last week of work before today.
"In order to get all of the bands gear over to the U.K./Europe, there has to be a load of work done to get things right. I welcomed our new bass tech/stage manager 'TJ,' and drum tech 'Red' (he's the third Sean/Shawn on the tour) and started the process of going over everything to clear customs. You can imagine most nations' customs and inspections will think we have drugs or guns in our stuff. Ha!
"We also had to shoot the 'Of Mice And Men' video, which went smoothly and was attended by some very cool Droogs from the L.A. metro area and abroad. It was a very interesting concept and it took some time for me to warm up to it; I only hope that it is as good to watch as it was fun to make.
"Next, it was off to NAMM to play at ESP Guitar's 30th Anniversary party. I gotta tell you I was very uncomfortable playing on someone else's stuff (guitar cabs, PA, mics, etc.), in a hotel bar, having people close enough to stick their fingers in my pockets, but in the end, it was not about me or MEGADETH, it was about celebrating with the greatest guitar company I have ever played for.
"Lastly, I went over the next day to film some secret footage for something that you are going to get sprung on you when I get back from Europe, and then went to the appointments I had at NAMM. I got to sign for fans at the show that were lined up to meet with the endorsors of ESP Guitars. There were George Lynch, Steph Carpenter, the dude from CHILDREN OF BODOM (whom if I would have known he was Finnish, I would have tried talking to him once we finished), Bruce Kulick, and myself from right to left on the panel. Bruce was very funny, and we kinda talked in between sweaty handshakes and photo ops.
"When I finally got home, I ditched my suitcase, met up with Bo Caldwell, and John Leeder and we all went to a private concert by a kid named Trevor Davis that Pam [Dave's wife] is managing. I was certainly impressed, but I doubt that it is any of your kind of music.
"So, here I am, going crazy, champing at the bit to go overseas. I have but one question . . .
"Are you getting ready?"