Months after revealing his cancer diagnosis, Dave Mustaine’s Megadeth bandmates have revealed that he has completed his cancer treatments and is now in recovery mode.
Back in June, the music world was stunned to learn that Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine had been diagnosed with throat cancer.
Noting that “it’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on,” Mustaine explained that he was “working closely with [his] doctors,” and that he had already received a treatment plan which “they feel has a 90% success rate.”
Understandably, this put a bit of a dampener on hopes of a new Megadeth record this year, but true to his reputation, Mustaine not only thanked his fans for their unending support during this tough time, but also hit the studio to work on the group’s new album.
Now, with the band having been forced to cancel most of their touring commitments this year, Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has revealed to Pomelo Rocker (via Blabbermouth) that Mustaine is at the end of his treatments, with everyone looking forward to the future now.
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“With Dave’s throat cancer treatments that he has now completed, and he’s just going through the recovery now, we’re hopeful and optimistic about a full recovery for him with that,” Ellefson explained.
“Once he’s through that process, we’re gonna just let that take as much time as it needs, and then we’ll resume with the album. I’d like to hope maybe 2020 we’ll be able to get a new album out.”
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Despite having had to cancel a number of shows, Megadeth already have a number of gigs scheduled for early next year, including a European tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Bad Wolves, something David Ellefson seems optimistic the band will be able to pull off successfully.
“Hopefully Dave will be ready to go,”Ellefson added. “Sometime life throws you a card you didn’t expect. Megadeth, we’ve always been a resilient band and we’ve always just worked around obstacles.
“Dave’s a fighter, as we know. Just talking to him, he sounds very optimistic about the future for Megadeth.”
Here’s hoping that 2020 brings with it a better health diagnosis for the iconic Dave Mustaine.