Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine thanks fans for support after cancer diagnosis

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine thanks fans for support after cancer diagnosis

Megadeth star Dave Mustaine has thanked “the best fans in the world” for their support following his throat cancer diagnosis.

The heavy metal guitarist and vocalist, 57, revealed last week he has already started treatment for the disease and that the band will have to cancel the majority of their shows this year.

Mustaine provided an update on Monday, sharing a video to Twitter in which he said: “Hi, I wanted to take a moment real quick and thank my family, my friends and the best fans in the world for all of your support and love over the last few days.

“We’re gonna beat this thing together.”

The post was captioned: “Thank you.”

Following the diagnosis, Megadeth have cancelled a string of shows across the US this summer.

Mustaine said the group will be “back on the road ASAP” and that their 2019 Megacruise, a metal music cruise lasting five days in October, will still go ahead, “and the band will be a part of it in some form”.

Mustaine and his band mates Kiko Loureiro, David Ellefson and Dirk Verbeuren are in the studio, working on the follow-up to their Grammy-winning 2016 album Dystopia.

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine has thanked fans for their support following his throat cancer diagnosis (Ian West/PA)
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine has thanked fans for their support following his throat cancer diagnosis (Ian West/PA)

Mustaine started his career as a member of Metallica as their original lead guitarist.

However he was fired from the heavy metal band before the release of their debut album, Kill ‘Em All, in 1983 due to his substance abuse issues.

He went on to form Megadeth shortly after being dismissed from Metallica alongside Ellefson, and the group have gone on to achieve success in the thrash metal world.

The band have released 15 albums, from their debut Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! in 1985 to their most recent, Dystopia.

- Press Association

More in this Section

Eternals star Angelina Jolie makes surprise appearance at Comic-ConEternals star Angelina Jolie makes surprise appearance at Comic-Con

Avengers: Endgame set to pass Avatar to be biggest movie ever, Disney saysAvengers: Endgame set to pass Avatar to be biggest movie ever, Disney says

The Good Place ending is like a break-up, star D’Arcy Carden saysThe Good Place ending is like a break-up, star D’Arcy Carden says

Next Generation stars to appear in Star Trek: PicardNext Generation stars to appear in Star Trek: Picard


Lifestyle

Celebrate the anniversary by finding lift off without even leaving the earth, at these stateside visitor centres and museums, says Sarah Marshall.America’s top space-age attractions to celebrate 50 years since the moon landing

For bookworms and classic movie buffs, the notion of a London park will forever conjure up images of Mary Poppins with the Banks children in tow.Inside/ Out: Park life is looking up in London by Eve Kelliher

“Does anyone want to be my friend?” roared my five year old as he walked into the playground at our French campsite on holidays.Learner Dad: 'It can be heartbreaking watching your kids try make friends on holiday'

These handy product edits are so useful for travelling, says Katie Wright.Palettes pack a punch: The travel must have

More From The Irish Examiner