MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine says that he has been “100 percent” cancer-free since last October.
Mustaine addressed his cancer battle during MEGADETH‘s concert Friday night (January 31) at The SSE Arena in London, England. Speaking to the crowd before launching into the title track of MEGADETH‘s latest album, “Dystopia”, he said:
“About a year ago, we were working on our new album back in Franklin, Tennessee, and I started to feel some pain over here [points to his throat]. So I went to the doctor and he said, ‘Dave, you have cancer.’ And I went, ‘F*ck! I have cancer.’ And I was so shocked.”
“At first, I thought, ‘Am I afraid?’ And then I said, ‘No. I’m f*cking pissed.’ And 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. 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 [the MEGADETH song] ‘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 16th, I went to go see the doctor, and he said, ‘You’re 100 percent free of cancer.'”