Metal legend Dave Mustaine, the frontman of Megadeth, has revealed a diagnosis of throat cancer.

As a result of the news, the band have also announced the cancellation of the majority of their 2019 shows. Mustaine did say, however, that the Megacruise will still go ahead before adding that “the band will be a part of it in some form.”

Here’s his full statement:

“I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer. It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on – but I’ve faced obstacles before. I’m working closely with my doctors, and we’ve mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90% success rate. Treatment has already begun,” Mustaine said in a post on social media.

“Unfortunately, this requires that we cancel most shows this year. The 2019 Megacruise will happen, and the band will be a part of it in some form. All up to date information will be at megadeth.com as we get it. Megadeth will be back on the road ASAP.

“Meanwhile, Kiko, David, Dirk and I are in the studio, working on the follow up to Dystopia – which I can’t wait for everyone to hear.”

He added: I’m so thankful for my whole team – family, doctors, band members, trainers, and more.”

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