Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has revealed he’s been diagnosed with throat cancer.
The singer and guitarist announced the news in a post on Megadeth’s official website this evening and explained that the majority of the band’s 2019 shows have been cancelled while he receives treatment.
His full statement reads:
“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,
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... https://t.co/8FBQUmloSf pic.twitter.com/CPuu2UFPv1— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) June 17, 2019
Everyone at Planet Rock wishes Dave a speedy recovery.
Members of Megadeth, Anthrax, Toto, Black Star Riders, Overkill, Stryper, Lacuna Coil, Fozzy and many other stars from across the rock world have reacted to the news on social media. You can read some of the posts below:
Please keep the legend Dave Mustaine in your thoughts and prayers as he kicks this throat cancer's ass! 🤘— Papa Roach (@paparoach) June 17, 2019
@DaveMustaine ...Get well Dave.— Steve Lukather (@stevelukather) June 17, 2019
If anyone can beat this its you!
Believing in faith that God can and will heal and restore you my friend..... Many are with you in thoughts & prayers🙏🙏🙏 https://t.co/e7kmrxs9fl— MichaelSweet Stryper (@michaelhsweet) 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
Much love and light to @DaveMustaine.— Mark Morton (@MarkDuaneMorton) June 17, 2019
We’re by your side.
I have 100% faith you will conquer this as you do everything else. Get better soon my friend. iiii]; )'— Slash (@Slash) June 18, 2019