Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine checks in with cancer update

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine (Image credit: JP Yim - Getty)

Dave Mustaine has checked in to give fans an update on his cancer treatment.

The Megadeth leader was diagnosed with throat cancer in June this year – and, as the band prepare to set sail on their inaugural Megacruise next month, the vocalist and guitarist reports that he’s almost through his last round of medical treatment.

He says: “I wanted to take a moment to give you all an update on the current status of my health. I'm almost through the last round of treatment and my doctors are feeling very positive regarding my progress. 

“I want to thank all of you for the support and well wishes these last few months. I can’t express enough gratitude as it has made this hard road easier knowing you are in my corner fighting with me!

“Over the next few weeks my condition will be evaluated and I will keep you posted on my progress as we get closer to the sailing date of the first Megacruise.

“We can’t wait to see you, and I know all of the other wonderful artists feel the same way. 

“Let's make this event one for the record books. Less than 30 days until we are thrashing through the Pacific!”

Megadeth will be joined on the Megacruise by Lamb Of God, Armored SaintAnthraxDevildriverCorrosion Of ConformityTestamentJohn 5Doro, Beasto Blanco, Metalachi, Sacred Reich, Toothgrinder, Metal ChurchSuicidal TendenciesQueensryche and Death Angel.

The music cruise will take place onboard the Norwegian Jewel between October 13-18. It’ll leave from Los Angeles and travel to San Diego and Ensenada. 

Earlier this month, Megadeth were confirmed as special guests of Five Finger Death Punch on their 2020 European tour.

Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeth & Bad Wolves 2020 tour
Jan 14: Kiev Palace Of Sports, Ukraine **
Jan 16: Moscow Adrenaline Stadium, Russia **
Jan 18: St. Petersburg A2, Russia **
Jan 20: Helsinki Hartwell Arena, Finland
Jan 22: Stockholm Hovet, Sweden
Jan 23: Oslo Spektrum, Norway
Jan 24: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
Jan 26: Amsterdam AFAS Live, Netherlands
Jan 28: Paris Zenith, France
Jan 30: Cardiff Arena, UK
Jan 31: London Wembley Arena, UK
Feb 03: Berlin Max-Schmeling Halle, Germany
Feb 04: Hamburg Sporthalle, Germany
Feb 06: Frankfurt Festhalle, Germany
Feb 08: Oberhausen Koenig-Pilsener Arena, Germany
Feb 09: Stuttgart Schleyerhalle, Germany
Feb 10: Munich Olympiahalle, Germany
Feb 12: Warsaw Torwar, Poland
Feb 14: Prague Tipsport Arena, Czech Republic
Feb 16: Milan Alcatrazz, Italy
Feb 17: Zurich Hallenstadion, Switzerland
Feb 19: Vienna Stadthalle, Austria
Feb 20: Budapest Sportarena, Hungary

** 5FDP headline show without Megadeth and Bad Wolves

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