MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site:
"There has been a lot of talk about the possibility of a 'Big Four' tour [featuring METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX], and while I find the timing peculiar, the opportunity is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, because we all are really so very different now, and the chances of this happening are probably not going to come around again in the future; due to personal plans, new ventures, and the inevitable passing of torches to the next generation in each of our respective genres (or the sub-genres that were created).
"While there is nothing to say at this point, if it happens, when it happens, we, as well as my other three fellow horsemen, will let you know.
"When we played Loud Park, our dressing room become the den of iniquity for all the marquis talent for the night.
"Although some of the other bands tried to come in, (BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART — whose blonde band member came close to getting his ass handed to him for racist comments to and about my tech, Willie Gee — I am glad I didn't hear or I would have another story about bodily harm).
"Our crew and the Japanese crew were keeping it just to our friends and the top acts. In fact, at one time we had me and Kerry King [SLAYER guitarist] talking, Dave Lombardo [SLAYER drummer] holding court with several people, Akira Takasaki [LOUDNESS] was hanging with Shawn [Drover; MEGADETH drummer], Glenn Tipton from JUDAS PRIEST, the guys from ANVIL, and lots of journos, photogs, and record company people all in my dressing room.
"Funny, it seems like Blabbermouth and Roadrunner USA are the only people who don't like me or MEGS anymore.
"Such a shame.
"However! I am heading back to the States today, and going to recharge my batteries, get check-up at the shop, make sure our gear is running right, and make the beginning of several new changes that should take us up another level for our shows and our performances.
"That's it for now, and be sure to check out 'Megadeth Radio' this Thursday for our big debut!!!"
In an October 16, 2009 posting on the MEGADETH forum, Mustaine accused the U.S. branch of Roadrunner Records of dropping the ball in regards to the promotion of the band's new album, "Endgame". He wrote, "I don't know what to say. How a record company could be presented with a worldwide critically acclaimed record, and that they can let it plummet down the charts in just four weeks into the hundreds, is inexplicable.
"I knew I shouldn't have done this. Why didn't I trust myself?
"I regret a lot of things in my life, but this is the most regrettable."
"Endgame" has sold around 76,000 copies in the United States since its release five weeks ago. The CD registered the following U.S. weekly sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan:
Week 1: 44,696
Week 2: 12,833
Week 3: 8,640
Week 4: 5,583
Week 5: 3,948
"Endgame" currently sits at position No. 142 on The Billboard 200 chart.