On Friday (31st), during Megadeth’s performance at the SSE Arena in London, England, Dave Mustaine addressed to the crowd before going into the title track of 2016’s Dystopia. Mustaine shared some incredible news to the audience, explaining how he’s 100 percent cancer-free.
“About a year ago, we were working on our new album back in Franklin, Tennessee, and I started to feel some pain over here [points to his throat]. 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. 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. And when it was all said and done, every day I would think, ‘I can’t face not playing again. I can’t face not playing again.’ So I would pray. I know a lot of you guys know that I pray. I say that in [the Megadeth song] ‘Peace Sells’. I pray every day. I say that in the song. I’ve said it since the second record. But I thought about you guys every day too. And I thought about my family. And I got this power from you guys. And I just kept thinking about it. And on October 16th, I went to go see the doctor, and he said, ‘You’re 100 percent free of cancer.'”
Dave Mustaine went public on his throat cancer diagnosis this past June, and by October 2019, the singer/guitarist completed all of his treatments. The group have been working on their overall sixteenth studio effort. According to Blabbermouth, the record is expected to arrive before early next year.