Megadeth Cancels Shows Over Singer's 'Obstacle'

Dave Mustaine has throat cancer
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2019 3:45 PM CDT
In this Aug. 4, 2017 photo Dave Mustaine, guitarist and singer of US metal band Megadeth, playing on the Harder Stage of the Wacken Open Air Festivals in Wacken, Germany.   (Christophe Gateau/dpa via AP)

(Newser) – Megadeth's lead singer has "faced obstacles before"—so he's ready to attack a new big one. Dave Mustaine on Monday announced that he has throat cancer, and that his doctors believe the treatment plan they came up with has a 90% success rate. "It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on," he tweeted. The band has cancelled their slate of shows for the summer, including a July 4 appearance in the American Family Insurance Amphitheater at Summerfest in Milwaukee.

The Journal-Sentinel reports Megadeth was actually a replacement for Summerfest's original headliner, Ozzy Osbourne, who had to ax his shows after a fall. Summerfest won't be coming up with a replacement for Megadeth. CNN adds that the first-ever Megacruise is still planning to hit the seas for five nights in October. On Facebook, Mustaine noted that the band is still working on its follow-up to 2017's Dystopia; the band, formed in 1983, won their first Grammy for Best Metal Performance for the album's title track. (Read more throat cancer stories.)

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