Chad Bowar of About.com recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. An excerpt from the chat follows:
Q: Will there be a Gigantour 2 this summer?
Mustaine: "Yes. We've already started confirming some of our acts and working out what the routing is for the festival, like the dates and times and how many groups we're going to have. We actually started discussing this two days after Gigantour 1 ended. The announcements will come within the next month or so. The festival will probably be the end of August through the beginning of October."
Q: After the first festival did you decide to make any major changes for this year?
Mustane: "I don't know how to say this without sounding pompous, but there really wasn't that much to learn going from a place of being the facilitator for a festival and being an organizer. There's so much stuff to do, but it's stuff I knew how to do because I used to do all that stuff back in my other band. In the beginning I would handle a lot of that stuff. It was like going back to school a little bit, but I knew how to do it. I think the talent is going to be something that's going to step up a notch, because it's proven now. We can reach out to some more bands that are higher up in their accomplishments. Some of the bands we took out were young and unknown. It was great to have them out and they helped Gigantour get some credibility. I think this time we can go out and present it to some other people."
Q: The band has been doing some songwriting. Do you have a timetable for the next MEGADETH studio album?
Mustaine: "We start tracking on April 19th in England. Jeff Balding is going to work with me in producing. We're going to take a different approach to this record. I'm not going to say any more than that. I know what we're capable of doing. 'The System Has Failed' was a great comeback record, and I think this is going to continue claiming new fans and reintroducing ourselves to some old fans who may have gone to listening to other music."
Read the entire interview at this location.