Megadeth frontman and co-founder Dave Mustaine has been diagnosed with throat cancer, the musician revealed Monday.
Mustaine, who served as Metallica’s first lead guitarist, took to Megadeth’s Facebook page to make the announcement.
“I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer,” he wrote. “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.”
Despite the promising prognosis, Mustaine said Megadeth will have to cancel the majority of their 2019 performances.
The first Megacruise, advertised as “five days and nights of heavy metal decadence and debauchery,” will launch in October as planned and Mustaine confirmed that “the band will be a part of it in some form.”
“Megadeth will be back on the road ASAP,” Mustaine assured fans, noting that the entire band is “in the studio, working on the follow up to Dystopia – which I can’t wait for everyone to hear.”
Dystopia, the band’s 15th studio album, was released in early 2016. Megadeth won “Best Metal Performance” for the album’s title track, their first Grammy out of 12 nominations.
“I’m so thankful for my whole team,” Mustaine concluded, signaling his “family, doctors, band members, trainers, and more.” – Jami Ganz/New York Daily News/Tribune News Service