Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine has made a shocking announcement today (17th) revealing that he has been diagnosed with throat cancer. Mustaine remains hopeful on his treatment as he addressed it has a 90% success rate. However, due to this process, most Megadeth shows have been cancelled. The group’s first-ever Megacruise will go on as planned but the band’s participation has changed. Additionally, Mustaine revealed the group is still in the studio working on the follow-up to 2016’s Dystopia as he’s eager for his fans to hear. More details as to which shows have been cancelled have been revealed via the band’s website, which only lists this year’s Megacruise as their only 2019 performance thus far. The band’s scheduled performance for this year’s Psycho Las Vegas has been cancelled as we suspect the same will be for their slot during Slayer’s final show in Chile.
Mustaine issued the following 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,
The metal community have responded to the news wishing Mustaine for a speedy and healthy recovery:
— David Ellefson (@ellefsondavid) June 17, 2019
— (@Michael_Amott) June 17, 2019
— PhilThatRemains (@philthatremains) June 17, 2019
— Brian Slagel (@brianslagel) June 17, 2019
Sending out love and prayers to my bro @davemustaine as he gets ready to battle throat cancer. Dave is a fighter and he’s at his best when he’s pissed off…so look out cancer! The metal community is with you… https://t.co/T0SQ5hWZ3B
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) June 17, 2019
— Cristina Scabbia (@MissScabbia) June 17, 2019
To our brother Dave, We are with you. Stay strong and all the best for your speedy recovery. Much love from all of us at Anthrax https://t.co/80H17DJagn
— Anthrax (@Anthrax) June 17, 2019
— OVERKILL (@OverkillBand) June 17, 2019
— Mike Portnoy (@MikePortnoy) June 17, 2019
Sending love brotha ❤️
— Jamey Jasta (@jameyjasta) June 17, 2019
— Sacred Reich (@SacredReich) June 17, 2019
All our strength and love to you my friend. If there’s anyone who can conquer this, it’s you. You’re our hero and we wish nothing but the best for you. ❤️
— Matthew kiichichaos Heafy (@matthewkheafy) June 17, 2019
— BillyBio (@billybiohazard) June 17, 2019