Rockers React To DAVE MUSTAINE’s Cancer Diagnosis

Dave Mustaine 2019
Photo courtesy of Dave Mustaine’s Facebook Page

Members of MEGADETHANTHRAXOVERKILLSTRYPERLACUNA COIL and FOZZY are among the musicians who have wished Dave Mustaine a speedy recovery after he announced that he has been diagnosed with throat cancer.

Mustaine revealed his cancer diagnosis yesterday on social media. He said that he has already begun treatment as part of a plan that his doctors feel has a “90% success rate.”

“I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer. It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on – but I’ve faced obstacles before,” Mustaine said in a post. 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.”

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.