Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine reveals he has throat cancer

The metal legend shared the news today

Dave Mustaine has announced that he’s been diagnosed with throat cancer.

The Megadeth vocalist and guitarist, 57, shared the news via his Facebook today (June 17), saying that treatment is underway.

“I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer,” Mustaine wrote beneath a picture of himself. “It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on — but I’ve faced obstacles before. I’m working closely with my doctors, and we’ve mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90% success rate. Treatment has already begun.


Dave Mustaine performing in June 2018

“Unfortunately, this requires that we cancel most shows this year. The 2019 Megacruise will happen, and the band will be a part of it in some form. All up to date information will be at as we get it. Megadeth will be back on the road ASAP.”

I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer. It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on – but I’ve faced…

Posted by Dave Mustaine on Monday, June 17, 2019

He continued: “Meanwhile, Kiko, David, Dirk and I are in the studio, working on the follow up to Dystopia — which I can’t wait for everyone to hear.

“I’m so thankful for my whole team — family, doctors, band members, trainers, and more. I’ll keep everyone posted.”


Members of Anthrax, Lamb Of God, and more have offered their best wishes to the US musician.

“Handle your business & get better, bro,” wrote Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe. “All the love & good vibes for a speedy recovery from me & my camp. You got this, dude.”

Anthrax wrote: “To our brother Dave. We are with you, stay strong and all the best for your speedy recovery. Much love from Anthrax.”

And Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx wrote: “You are in our prayers buddy. Need anything please reach out.”

Megadeth recently confirmed they were in the studio laying down tracks for the follow-up to 2016’s ‘Dystopia’. The band shared the news on social media with pictures of them in a recording studio, captioned: “It begins #megadeth16.”

Mustaine told Music Radar in March that the band is aiming to put 12 or 13 tracks on the new album. “My contract says I’m only supposed to do eight songs a record and I just can’t do that – it feels like cheating,” he said