He wrote: “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,
MEGADETH has recently entered a studio in Franklin, Tennessee to start recording the follow-up to 2016’s Dystopia album.
In February, MEGADETH mainmain Dave Mustaine talked about the new album with Kerrang.
“We’re trying to keep with that real heavy thing.” Dave said. Dystopia was more of us doing what makes us feel good; there’s a lot of super-heavy, fast drumming at the end of some songs.
“My son was in here two days ago, and when we were doing Dystopia, he was listening to the songs and making comments, and the ones he commented on were the ones that got the best response. When he came over this time, we were working on a song that has the tentative title ‘The Dogs Of Chernobyl’, and the intro riff has kind of a Hungarian guitar part, kind of like something MERCYFUL FATE did on ‘Into The Coven’. The song comes in super powerful and strong, and my son goes, ‘Oh god, that’s heavy as hell!’ and I just started laughing.”
MEGADETH‘s latest album, Dystopia opened with 48,000 copies, marking MEGADETH‘s highest-charting album since 1992’s Countdown To Extinction debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the chart dated August 1 of that year. Dystopia also logs the group’s best sales week since 2007, when United Abominations landed at No. 8 with first-week sales of 54,000.