MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message on the "Forums" section of the Gigantour web site:
"Welcome to Gigantour 2006! I doubt I will get to meet many of you, but just know that I look forward to those of you that I do meet.
"I am very proud of the bands that I have chosen this year. And although some of us are similar, most of us aren't. One thing is that the guitarists are what makes me the proudest!
"To stand among the next generation of lead guitar heroes is thrilling, and while some may doubt the validity of what I am going to say, I look forward to seeing if I can learn anything from these excellent musicians. Old dogs can learn new tricks.
"I also want to keep an eye on all of the vocalists, especially the dude from THE SMASHUP, he has to sing in at least four or five different charachters when he sings — hella kewl!!! Knowing me, it's prolly all of the band taking turns and I'm just completely fooled.
"So, that's it for now. Come back soon, come back often, come out and see us on Gigantour 2006 North America, unless you are in Australia, then stay there and we'll come to you for Gigantour 2006 Australia, fondly called G.2006.OZ.
"Thank you for being part of my dream, part of this tour, part of our scene, and I will be watching you!"
The second edition of MEGADETH's Gigantour festival trek, which bowed last summer, will begin on September 7 in San Diego, California and feature LAMB OF GOD, OPETH, ARCH ENEMY, OVERKILL, THE SMASHUP, INTO ETERNITY and SANCTITY in addition to the headliner.
MEGADETH will release a new studio album, called "United Abominations", on October 31 via Roadrunner Records.
A CD of the first Gigantour will be out on August 22, while a DVD arrives on September 5.