Dave Mustaine Has Throat Cancer, Cancels Megadeth Live Shows

Megadeth front man shares cancer diagnosis

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth photo

Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine has released a statement on his Facebook today to share the news that he has been diagnosed with throat cancer.

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,
Dave Mustaine

This isn’t the first serious health issue that Mustaine has suffered as he lost the use of his left arm in 2002 after a radial nerve compression. It took him 18 months of intensive rehabilitation, weight training and guitar lessons to be able to return to playing.

Megadeth were set to release a new album this year though that is likely to be delayed now following this diagnosis.

One of the dates that Megadeth have been forced to cancel is their appearance at Milwaukee’s Summerfest on July 4th. Original headliner Ozzy Osbourne was forced to cancel after a fall at home. Megadeth had stepped up from support to headline with Papa Roach, Pop Evil and Badflower brought in as supports.

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