Dave Mustaine, the co-founder, lead vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter for iconic metal band Megadeth, has beaten cancer.
Mustaine, who was also famously the original lead guitarist of Metallica, announced last year that he had been diagnosed with throat cancer. The results, of course, meant that the band cancelled the majority of their 2019 shows while Mustaine underwent treatment.
Now, after battling through the disease and undergoing 51 radiation treatments and nine chemo treatments, the iconic metal musician has announced the news that he has beaten cancer.
“About a year ago, we were working on our new album back in Franklin, Tennessee, and I started to feel some pain,” Mustaine told the crowd during a recent show at London’s SSE Arena Wembley, according to Louder Sound. “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.’ 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,’ so I would pray.
“I know a lot of you guys know that I pray. I say that in 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 16, I went to go see the doctor, and he said, ‘You’re 100% free of cancer.'”