Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Diagnosed With Throat Cancer

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine has been diagnosed with throat cancer. The frontman confirmed the shocking news on social media, while also revealing that he has already begun treatment.

Mustaine said the the following:

“I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer. 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 2019 Megacruise will happen, and the band will be a part of it in some form. All up to date information will be at megadeth.com as we get it. Megadeth will be back on the road ASAP.

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.

See you soon,
Dave Mustaine”

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Megadeth Announce “Youthanasia” 25th Anniversary Show

Megadeth will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Youthanasia“ by performing it in full during a special Halloween (October 31) show at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO. Tickets will go on sale on June 7 at 10 a.m. MT. There will also be a Cyber Army presale tomorrow (June 4) at 8 a.m. MT.

Slayer, Megadeth, & Anthrax To Perform At Santiago Gets Louder Festival

Three of the “Big Four,” Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax, will be taking the stage together at the Santiago Gets Louder festival in Santiago, Chile. The event will take place at the Estadio Bicentenario de La Florida on October 6 and it will also feature Chilean extreme metal act Pentagram. The concert will be Slayer‘s final show in Chile.

Remastered Reissues Of Megadeth’s “United Abominations,” “Endgame,” & “Th1rt3en” To Be Released In July

Megadeth will be reissuing “United Abominations,” “Endgame,” and “Th1rt3en” on July 26. The efforts have been remastered by Ted Jensen and the CD versions will come with the following bonus tracks: “Out On The Tiles” (Led Zeppelin cover) on “United Abominations,“ “Washington Is Next!” (live) on “Endgame,” and “Public Enemy No. 1” (live) on “Th1rt3en.“

David Ellefson Says Megadeth’s New Album Will Probably Be Released In Early 2020

During a recent interview with Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF, David Ellefson offered an update on the new Megadeth album. According to him, the effort will probably be released in early 2020.

Ellefson said the following:

“We shut down pretty much the end of 2017, was when we wrapped up in South America. And then the intention was 2018 would be writing a new album. Probably our biggest challenge is we don’t live in the same cities — Kiko and Dirk are in L.A.; I’m in Scottsdale; Dave’s over in Nashville. Nashville is kind of the creative hub of our operation, where we rehearse and we do everything. We did only about eight weeks of shows last year that kind of came up — Europe and Mexico and stuff. But it’s funny, we have a Dropbox folder that we all access. But it’s organized well, where we keep track of what people are putting in there and contributing.”

“We were obviously planning to do the Ozzy – MEGADETH tour, and now that that’s been pushed back to next year, in a way, probably opens up a perfect window for us to really get in now [and work on the new record]. All things happen for a reason, so I think on the MEGADETH schedule, it’s probably maybe good timing, actually, to just go right in, and we’re gonna definitely be really hunkering down now to get that going. Because we have some of our own shows in August that have been on the books — there’s actually a few more coming in now — there’s Rock In Rio, and that’s early October, and then there’s the [MegaCruise]. As much as we were hoping to have a record out this year, looking at how the ‘Dystopia’ timeline was where we were working on it early in 2015, we started doing some shows later that year, we put out a heavy track, ‘Fatal Illusion’, and then the record dropped in early 2016. So, in this case, sometime probably early 2020 is my thought that that’s probably when the record will be ready to come out.”

[via Blabbermouth]