In an interview with The Five Count radio show, Megadeth frontman and co-founder Dave Mustaine talked about his struggle with cancer and revealed how he ended up recording one last album which turned out to be quite ferocious.
As you might remember, in 2019, Megadeth’s legendary vocalist Dave Mustaine revealed that he was diagnosed with throat cancer. However, later in 2020, Dave announced he was completely recovered from the disease following approximately seven months of treatment.
Recently, Dave Mustaine joined a conversation with The Five Count radio show and talked about his current health status following a period of recovery. During the interview, Dave also mentioned how he decided to record another album with Megadeth which he described as the ‘most ferocious’ records they’d done since ‘Rust in Peace.’
Mustaine mentioned that he was not aware of the fact that he had cancer when they started to work on the new Megadeth album. He even did the ‘Jimi Hendrix Experience’ without realizing he was sick. Later, when he was diagnosed with throat cancer, Dave underwent a series of treatments during which he had to take a break from working on his music.
Here’s what Dave Mustaine stated about the time he was diagnosed with cancer:
“I’m a little tired, but I think that comes with the territory. When we started this record, I was sick and I didn’t know it. But I’d been going through a lot of stuff. And then, during the course of the making of the record, we did a brief tour where I went out and did the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and that’s when we found out I had cancer. And I did my treatment, beat it, got it behind me.”
Furthermore, the iconic musician asserted that he was doing so much better now. Dave also talked about the new Megadeth album they had been working on and claimed it was going to be the most fierce album since ‘Rust in Peace’ by stating:
“There were a couple of other places that they found cancer, and they cut it out. So I’m fine right now. I’m back to training and back to playing. And we’ve got, I think, probably one of the most ferocious records we’ve done since ‘Rust In Peace’. David Ellefson, he’s a pretty good barometer of things, and when he did his bass parts, he went, ‘Man, my arm is killing me. I can’t believe this.'”
A short while ago, the members of Megadeth celebrated the 30th anniversary of their iconic album, ‘Rust in Peace.’ Initially, the album was released on September 24, 1990. In the wake of the departures of the band’s guitarist Jeff Young and drummer Chuck Behler in 1989, Megadeth released its first album featuring Marty Friedman and Nick Menza.
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