Former Metallica guitarist and current Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has announced that he has been diagnosed with throat cancer, and big names like Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron have weighed in with support.
Mustaine announced, “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,
Billy Corgan wrote on his Instagram story, “We love you, Dave, and are rooting for you!”
Pearl Jam and Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron commented, “Get well soon brother! 👊🏼”
Anthrax commented, “To our brother Dave. We are with you, stay strong and all the best for your speedy recovery. Much love from Anthrax.”
Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho commented, “We got your back Dave!⚡️”
Escape the Fate’s Robert Ortiz commented, “Wow. I love you Dave. You’ve been a huge part of the soundtrack of my life. Your music got me through adolescence. It made me a better musician and helped me achieve dreams and provide for my family. You’ve been directly/indirectly been there for me. I will do the same for you. Not much I can do, but I am here for you.”