Saved From His Cancer – Surely A Fighter!
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine announced during a show in London, England that he’d found power from his fans to help him in his recent battle with throat cancer.
He spent most of his days last year fighting cancer, and just by October, he was given the all-clear — then quickly returned to action. Mustaine and Megadeth touring are in Europe as guests of Five Finger Death Punch — his first full concert since October 2018.
“I’m doing good,” Mustaine said during a break in the show. “I’m really glad to be here, and I’ll tell you a little story before we go on. About a year ago, we were working on our new album back in Franklin, Tennessee, and I started to feel some pain … So I went to the doctor and he said, ‘Dave, you have cancer.’ And I went, ‘Fuck, I have cancer!’ And I was so shocked.”
He added: “At first I thought, ‘Am I afraid?’ And then I said, ‘No, I’m fucking pissed.’ And we stopped the record. We stopped everything. I went into treatment for cancer. It was 51 radiation treatments and nine chemo treatments.” He recalled thinking, “I can’t face not playing again,” and turning to the power of prayer.
“But I thought about you guys every day,” he told the audience. “And I thought about my family. And I got this power from you guys. … And on October 16, I went to go see the doctor, and he said, ‘You’re 100 percent free of cancer.”
Megadeth will remain on the road until Feb. 20 and afterward are expected to return to the studio to complete their next album. Mustaine recently announced that he had written “nine crushing songs,” including one inspired by Kiss’ classic hit, “Beth.”
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