Our hearts go out to Megadeath frontman Dave Mustaine this afternoon. The thrash metal pioneer has announced (via Instagram) that he is battling throat cancer. While this means that most of Megadeath’s shows for 2019 will be canceled, Mustain appears surprisingly upbeat and determined to pull through in a hurry. Here’s his full statement:
I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer. It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on – but I’ve faced obstacles before. I’m working closely with my doctors, and we’ve mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90% success rate. Treatment has already begun.
Unfortunately, this requires that we cancel most shows this year. The 2019 Megacruise will happen, and the band will be a part of it in some form. All up to date information will be at megadeth.com as we get it. Megadeth will be back on the road ASAP.
Meanwhile, Kiko, David, Dirk and I are in the studio, working on the follow up to Dystopia – which I can’t wait for everyone to hear.
I’m so thankful for my whole team – family, doctors, band members, trainers, and more.
I’ll keep everyone posted.
See you soon,
All of us here at Dread Central send our best wishes to Mustaine for a speedy recovery.