Monday, October 10, 2011

Megadeth: Dave Mustaine recovering from neck surgery

After risking permanent injury by playing the Big 4 gig at Yankee Stadium last month, Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine is recovering from successful neck surgery.

Dave’s specific health issue, stenosis, is a neck and spine condition that is actually an abnormal narrowing of the blood vessel or organ; it’s a health condition Mustaine attributes to “years of headbanging.”

Before the New York show, Mustaine talked about his pain and his plans to undergo neck surgery as soon as possible.

“I was in a hospital yesterday morning, so I’m going home to get surgery right after this,” said Mustaine on the day of the gig. “It’s pretty bad; if I move wrong tonight, I could be paralyzed. We called yesterday and said we couldn’t make it, but then I thought about it. I trust God, I know he’s got me in his hands, and I know that he hasn’t brought me this far, after all this adversity and done all this reconciliation with all the bands, and all of us getting along this well, to have the finale show here in the States stopped. I just thought, either God’s everything or he’s nothing, and I believe in him and that’s why I’m here [to perform].”

This past weekend, Mustaine update fans on his health status, via Twitter

“10/5 was two week check-up. Looks good! Feels great!! Start physical therapy Monday. More Tread Climber until then.”

Mustaine’s recovery is expected to take about two months, which keeps him out of commission when the band’s new album, “Th1rt3en,” sees its release on November 1.

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