The band, which had planned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its 1994 album Youthanasia at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium on Halloween, has been forced to cancel that concert and a string of others. Refunds will be available at the point of purpose.
"I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer," wrote Mustaine in a statement. "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 percent success rate. Treatment has already begun.
"Unfortunately, this requires that we cancel most shows this year," he continues. "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."
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In the meantime, the band is back in the studio working on a new album.