Megadeth singer Dave Mustaine collapses at Russian gig

Mustaine apologises after kidney stone pains curtail St Petersburg show

Megadeth singer Dave Mustaine collapsed backstage at a gig in St Petersberg on Wednesday (March 16).

The frontman has apologised to fans after his band played a shortened set in the Russian city due to the incident.

Mustaine was suffering from kidney stone pains and was told by doctors to cancel the band’s set and go straight to hospital. He insisted on playing a six-song, half-hour set before then being taken for treatment.

Speaking to, Mustaine said: “Two hours before the show I started to feel like I had a hernia, or I’d been hit in the groin. I told my tour manager I needed a doctor and it might be in my best interest to cancel the show.

He added: “I was told to pee for the doctors. They explained there was blood, and gave me an IV, an analgesic and an anti-inflammatory injection. The next hour is blurry. I woke up. they told me they could hold the show for 30 minutes, but I said, ‘Guys, I am okay, and we can do this’.”

Mustaine has said he is now “95 percent better” and that the band will not have to cancel any shows.

Megadeth are currently touring Europe as part of the Big Four alongside Slayer, Metallica and Anthrax. They play Sonisphere Festival in the UK on July 8.