Monday, February 3, 2020

Megadeth: Dave Mustaine updates cancer status during London concert

Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine shared an update on his health status during a January 31 concert in London.

The rocker received treatment throughout 2019 for throat cancer following a diagnosis last spring before planning his return to the concert stage this year.

“About a year ago, we were working on our new album back in Franklin, Tennessee, and I started to feel some pain over here [points to his throat],” Mustaine told the crowd at the SSE Arena. “So I went to the doctor and he said, 'Dave, you have cancer.' And I went, 'F**k! I have cancer.' And I was so shocked.

"At first, I thought, 'Am I afraid?' And then I said, 'No. I'm f**king pissed.' And we stopped the record; we stopped everything. I went into treatment for cancer. It was 51 radiation treatments and nine chemo treatments. And when it was all said and done, every day I would think, 'I can't face not playing again. I can't face not playing again.' So I would pray. I know a lot of you guys know that I pray. I say that in [the MEGADETH song] 'Peace Sells'. I pray every day. I say that in the song. I've said it since the second record.

“But I thought about you guys every day too,”
he added. “And I thought about my family. And I got this power from you guys. And I just kept thinking about it. And on October 16th, I went to go see the doctor, and he said, 'You're 100 percent free of cancer.'"

Mustaine and Megadeth are currently on a European tour with Five Finger Death Punch, which opened in Helsinki, Finland on January 20.

See also:

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