MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has issued the following update:
"As we near the end of 2007 and my lovely Droogs Down Under celebrate 2008 already, we back here at the Mustaine House are reflecting on the last year. They are all laughing and joking and I have snuck off to make the last post of this year.
"Where do I start? With the excitement of the new record or the disappointment of the empty promises and failure to deliver at so many turns? The electricity of being on tour with young hot new bands and the atmosphere of things to come, or the drone of old-school politics on tour and petty production games by the other bands and the other headliners? The breakthroughs with our lineup, the breakdowns with our crew, or the breakups of our 'Cosa Nostra?'
"Yessiree, where do I start?
"Well, outside of all things MEGA, we have had the successful launch of my wife's coffee company Legends Of Cup Coffee, Inc. and that alone will save millions in Starbucks allowance for me, and the brand new baby — TheLiveLine.com — and I am thrilled about its potential!
"I did have some truly disappointing moments, like when Matsje delivered my fantastic colt Zane this summer, only to die five months later from colic. I had a PTSD moment taking me back to Cassandra (my mare that I had before Matsje, who also died — but this time during delivery) from years past, but I was able to walk it out without losing it this time.
"And there was the toy drive that the good people of Hasbro, and my bud Elaine had helped me to provide a little relief to the families of San Diego County with little ones who have lost their toys in the fires, and the my management and the church I attend making sure that the Marines and the various churches and the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce had gotten the nearly ten pallets of toys that we were able to purchase with the proceeds of the launch of Legends Cup Coffee.
"My partner and bassist, James Lomenzo, has moved down here with his lovely wife Angie and their ubër-kewl daughter Zowie, and we are working quite often in the studio in my house. We have a load of stuff to tell you coming up, but I have to depart to attend to my New Year's Eve guests.
"I love you all and please go to the Gigantour.com tonight for the announcement of the line-up for Gigantour 2008 North America, as well as the upcoming announcement of the line up for the European tour and the potential Gigantour 2008 UK.
"I will be leaving a new message on my TheLiveLine.com number tonight and I will be leaving a very important message you won't want to miss in the next few days.
"So, to each and every Droogie around the world, this new year belongs to all of us and let's make this a year that we look back on and say was one of the greatest years of our lives!"