A grainy video of MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine storming off stage during the band's headlining performance at the Toronto, Ontario stop of Gigantour 2006 on September 25 has been posted online at YouTube.com. The following eyewitness account was sent to BLABBERMOUTH.NET within a couple of hours of the incident:
"The [third] song into [MEGADETH's] set ('The Scorpion') Dave kept poking at his ear a lot, moving his hair etc., then out of nowhere he took his guitar strap off and just swung his guitar like a baseball bat across the stage, then promptly stormed off stage. The band finished the song then followed him off stage. 10 minutes later, a worker at the venue came on the side mic to tell us there was technical difficulties and they would be resolved in 5 minutes. They proceeded to work on the main mic (Dave's) for 10-15 minutes before Dave came back out, apologized, and played the last hour of the set. I was front and center in the pit, about 8 feet away from Dave and it wasn't clear to anyone around me if the sound was working or not, or if Dave was just being Dave."
The North American installment of Gigantour 2006 kicked off September 6 in Boise, Idaho. The trek features LAMB OF GOD, ARCH ENEMY, OPETH, OVERKILL, THE SMASHUP, INTO ETERNITY and SANCTITY in addition to the headliner MEGADETH.
MEGADETH's new CD, "United Abominations", is scheduled for release in early 2007 via Roadrunner Records.