Legendary Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne has posted a new photo with his first reaction to former Metallica guitarist and current Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine being diagnosed with tongue cancer.
“Wishing @DaveMustaine a very speedy recovery.”
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi wrote, “So sorry to hear about @DaveMustaine’s diagnosis. Get well soon buddy, we’re thinking of you and the many good times we’ve had on tour together. Working is the best recovery.”
Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler wrote, “Wishing a speedy recovery to @DaveMustaine.”
Megadeth’s David Ellefson discussed the diagnosis in a new Classic Metal Show interview (via Loudwire).
“We were kind of bracing for the bomb today knowing that we had to get an announcement out about it. Thoughts and prayers are always welcome. Dave has started his treatment. We’ve been in Nashville for the last almost month and a half working on the album, so we were sort of watching this all unfold before us. And Dave, he has begun treatment, so things are moving forward with that.”
He added, “[It] just became a reality where it was like, look, in order to do this treatment properly, follow the doctors orders, you know, Dave can’t be undergoing treatment for cancer and out playing big rock concerts. We just had to say, alright, we gotta just stop. We gotta clear the deck and put this as the number-one priority, which is what the announcement was today. Just addressing it and giving everybody the heads-up that some shows are gonna have to go away until this all gets worked out.”
“We are keeping the cruise,” he later said. “The cruise, I think, is kind of a beast of a different nature because it’s so many people on it. We may not totally know Megadeth’s full participation in that until we see where Dave is at with healing after all the treatments and everything by that point. But we’re optimistic that on some level, the band or band members — who knows, maybe even the whole band — can have participation on that. In the meantime, we’ve been working hard on the new album.”
So sorry to hear about @DaveMustaine's diagnosis. Get well soon buddy, we’re thinking of you and the many good times we’ve had on tour together. Working is the best recovery.
– Tony pic.twitter.com/MECmMVTOJK
— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) June 18, 2019
Wishing a speedy recovery to @DaveMustaine
— Geezer Butler (@geezerbutler) June 18, 2019