Megadeth Front Man Dave Mustaine Diagnosed With Throat Cancer

Geeze, really?


He was supposed to open for Ozzie this Summer, Ozzie has had health issues, postponed all those tour dates for a year and now this. Seeing Megadeth in concert is high on my bucket list.

There is an interesting bit of trivia at the end of this that I didn’t know but God Bless ya Dave and here is to nipping that shit in the bud and a speedy recovery.

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine says he was diagnosed with throat cancer



Dave Mustaine has been diagnosed with throat cancer.

The Megadeth frontman revealed his diagnosis on Twitter Monday.

“I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer,” tweeted the 57-year-old. “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.

“Unfortunately this requires that we cancel most shows this year,” the rocker continued. “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. Meanwhile, Kiko [Loureiro, guitar], David [Ellefson, bass], Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] and I are in the studio working on the follow-up to [2016’s] ‘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. See you soon.”

Megadeth is celebrated as one of the most influential and respected metal bands of all time. It has sold more than 38 million albums worldwide, as well as earn seven Top 10 albums and 12 Grammy nominations. Megadeth earned a 2017 Grammy Award in the “Best Metal Performance” category for the “Dystopia” title track.

Now for that interesting bit of trivia,

“… Mustaine also shared that Clint Eastwood continues to be a source of inspiration for him as an artist.

“My favorite Clint Eastwood movie would undoubtedly have to go back to [1966’s] ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” he explained. “Of course, I like the ‘Dirty Harry’ stuff, you know, ‘Make my day’ kind of thing. But I think the character that Clint had developed — I mean, he didn’t even smoke and he had used that cigar as a prop. And it just shows how a really good actor can do improv, take something and make it work… I can’t even remember the last record that I sang that I haven’t had a picture of him in the vocal booth while I was singing. He gives me that snotty… kind of attitude, you know?”

Just one more reason to like the guy.

And now, one of my all time favorite’s, Dave has always been way ahead of the curve.

This song is from over thirty years ago and is still relevant to this day.

I’ll post the lyrics below this, read ’em and see if you don’t agree.

Holy Wars… The Punishment Due
Brother will kill brother
Spilling blood across the land
Killing for religion
Something I don’t understand
Fools like me, who cross the sea
And come to foreign lands
Ask the sheep, for their beliefs
Do you kill on God’s command?
A country that’s divided
Surely will not stand
My past erased, no more disgrace
No foolish naive stand
The end is near, it’s crystal clear
Part of the master plan
Don’t look now to Israel
It might be your homelands
Holy wars
Upon my podium, as the
Know it all scholar
Down in my seat of judgement
Gavel’s bang, uphold the law
Up on my soapbox, a leader
Out to change the world
Down in my pulpit as the holier
Than-thou-could-be-messenger of God
Wage the war on organized crime
Sneak attacks, repel down the rocks
Behind the lines
Some people risk to employ me
Some people live to destroy me
Either way they die, they die
They killed my wife, and my baby
With hopes to enslave me
First mistake, last mistake!
Paid by the alliance, to slay all the giants
Next mistake, no more mistakes
Fill the cracks in, with judicial granite
Because I don’t say it,
Don’t mean I ain’t thinkin’ it
Next thing you know, they’ll take my thoughts away
I know what I said, now I must scream of the overdose
And the lack of mercy killings
Mercy killings
Mercy killings
Killings, killings, killings, killings
Mercy you know, they’ll take my thoughts away
Songwriters: Dave Mustaine
Holy Wars… The Punishment Due lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

3 thoughts on “Megadeth Front Man Dave Mustaine Diagnosed With Throat Cancer

  1. I saw Megadeth in Atlanta right after the election. Dave was exhausted from campaigning for Clinton. My favorite Megadeth linesis, “Bloodstains on my hands and I don’t know where I’ve been”. Seems like there’s a competitive Pink Floyd line, but I can’t remember it.


  2. We are starting to lose rockers and musicians en masse ……Glenn Fry, Cory Wells, Ronnie James Dio etc. etc. And those still alive are mostly over 70 and that’s when the slide down the slope to the grave accelerates. Best recommendation is to see them live while they are still ticking. The days of classic rockers are numbered…and it’s not a large number.


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