While 2019 has been an amazing year in terms of new music, it hasn’t been the best year for Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Ozzy Osbourne. Coincidentally Megadeth were originally scheduled to open for the Prince of Darkness this year. However, Megadeth have cancelled all 2019 shows aside from Megacruise as well as Ozzy who had to postpone all 2019 tour dates. With that being said, Dave Mustaine has been battling throat cancer for over three months now as he recently shared a positive update on his progress. Despite doctors feeling very positive about his progress, there’s a chance Mustaine will miss out on the band’s first-ever Megacruise, which is scheduled to set sail on October 13th.
Bassist David Ellefson recently appeared on SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk and discussed whether Mustaine will join the group on the cruise or not:
“I called [Dave] on [September 13] — it was his birthday — and we had a nice little chat. We talk every couple of weeks. I just really try to let him go through his treatments. He sounded good. Obviously, he is in recovery now for the next several weeks, the next couple of months. We put on sale the Megadeth/Five Finger Death Punch tour across Europe starting in January, so the focus now is for Dave to just be fully rested and ready for that.
There has not been an official decision [or] announcement made on exactly what we’re gonna do with Megacruise as far as the Megadeth side of it. I know me and Kiko [Loureiro, guitar] and Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] will certainly be there. We’re hoping Dave is well enough to be there and be part of it, but, of course, the wise heads will have to prevail on that one, with his health being number one priority. But, yeah, I’m definitely looking forward to it, man. It’s gonna be great. There’s such a great host of bands on that and all kinds of great events and things that are gonna be happening, so it’s certainly gonna be a killer cruise.”