Esteemed thrash metal band Megadeth has revealed it will have to cancel the majority of its remaining shows this year in light of lead vocalist/guitarist and primary songwriter Dave Mustaine being recently diagnosed with throat cancer.

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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. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 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. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m so thankful for my whole team – family, doctors, band members, trainers, and more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ll keep everyone posted. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ See you soon, Dave Mustaine

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“It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on – but I’ve faced obstacles before,” the 57-year-old band founder said on social media. Unfortunately, this requires that we cancel most shows this year.”

There’s a silver lining to Mustaine’s revelation however. “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 and the rest of the band are already working on the follow-up to Megadeth’s fifteenth studio album Dystopia, released in 2016. “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,” Mustaine continued. “I’m so thankful for my whole team – family, doctors, band members, trainers, and more. I’ll keep everyone posted.”

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