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Megadeth Leader Dave Mustaine Diagnosed with Throat Cancer

Megadeth - The Warfield. San Francisco, CA.

Megadeth performs sold out at The Warfield in San Francisco, CA. Photo by Clay Lancaster.

Dave Mustaine, the founder, guitarist, and singer of thrash metal giants Megadeth has announced that he has been diagnosed with throat cancer.

Announced via a Facebook post from his official account, Mustaine also conceded that Megadeth’s 2019 tour dates will have to be rescheduled. However the band will continue with it’s Megacruise this Fall, and continue to work in the studio on their eagerly awaited follow-up album to 2016’s Grammy-winning Dystopia. 

Mustaine’s 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,
Dave Mustaine

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