MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has issued the following update:

“Today is the first weekend that I have been home since the [‘Priest Feast’ European] tour ended, and I have a lot of work to do around my house. Shoot! Between the animals and the kids, we have a real sizable list of things to replace. Hell, just the lightbulbs alone will be a forearm workout. I just have to remember to do half the bulb replacements standing on my head so I can get even reps.

“As many of you no doubt have seen on our homepage, the Scars To Freedom event [on March 28 which MEGADETH was supposed to headline] is cancelled. I am disappointed about this because I really thought this would be something even more off the beaten path than the Affliction Banned MMA event. It turned out to be, unfortunately, more like ‘Spinal Tap’ at the Air Force Base.

“I am now back focusing on the remaining lyrics for this new record. We have 11 songs for the States and a bonus song for Japan, and we are almost done picking the 12 faithful soldiers to go on this new record. There are 11 tracks with vocals and one instrumental, and I have six more lyrics to go, which I am more than confident will come easily.

“I have a meeting with MEGADETH’s manager today, and it should be interesting because of the nature of two of the many topics and the people involved. You see we have some more opportunities to play this summer, and to make some appearances, and I am not sure that this is what we want.”

Tentatively due on September 1 via Roadrunner Records, MEGADETH’s forthcoming LP will be the group’s first with guitarist Chris Broderick, who replaced Glen Drover at the end of 2007.

The recording process for MEGADETH’s twelfth studio album began on January 7 at the band’s own Vic’s Garage studio in San Marcos, California.

The CD is once again being helmed by British producer Andy “Undie” Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD), who worked with MEGADETH on the band’s last album, “United Abominations”, which came out in May 2007 via Roadrunner.