Dave Mustaine, Megadeth frontman has posted the message below on the official Megadeth website:
“As I sit in my office, somewhere just before 7:15 a.m., I am preparing to leave San Diego County for Albuquerque, New Mexico. I have been really enjoying playing Arizona and California so far on this tour, but I am excited to see NM Droogies after the last two Gigantour visits there.
“What a metal city!
“I noticed some of you are happy with the current set list, and are enjoying yourselves with my/our newfound energy. Well, we feed off of you, so thanks!
“And we were given 5 extra minutes to play, and the show sometimes starts 5 minutes early, so when that happens (and it usually does), I get a chance to take a break, have a sip, and do an encore.
“We may change the setlist, but you know the saying, 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it,' unless you're a tweaker, and in that case you already fixed it ten times and it's still broken.
“I am not even going to try to explain about the single switch from 'A Tout Le Monde' to 'Washington Is Next!' I am just glad you like it; although the truth would '(Set Me Free)'.
“It's good seeing the MACHINE HEAD guys every day, and I am starting to see details of our Europe trip, which really excites me. I can't wait to play some new songs to our international Droogs!
“Well, my car is approaching and I should leave now, but I wanted to say thank you to my dear friend Andy Sneap. Andy, I hope you kept the dartboard. Great news on the EMI stuff, and I'll see you soon.
“I need to tell Elliot and Dean that nothing has ever made me this excited about a guitar! I can't wait to get my new models and watch Glen [Drover, guitar] and Shawn [Drover, drums] slobber! Yee-haw!!! And to DDrum! I have never seen a cooler drum kit in my life! Thank you guys!
“Lastly, it's 17 days to release (16 overseas) and I want to thank you all for your patience while I had to search inside me for this record. It may not completely fill you, because some of you still have holes like I once had (and . . . some you are just fat bastards!), but it certainly fills me . . . for now!”