Megadeth Cancels Illinois State Fair Show As Dave Mustaine Announces He Has Cancer

Photo Credit: chuck tuck / PR PhotosDave Mustaine has throat cancer.

He writes on Facebook, “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 as we get it. Megadeth will be back on the road ASAP.

“Meanwhile, KikoDavidDirk and I are in the studio, working on the follow-up to Dystopia — which I can’t wait for everyone to hear.

Mustaine is 57.

If you had purchased a ticket for the concert at the state fair via or the Ticketmaster mobile app you will receive an automatic refund back to the method you used to purchase the tickets. If you purchased tickets through the Illinois State Fair in-person or by phone you will need to fill out and submit a cancellation refund form with the tickets attached. The form can be obtained via the Illinois State Fair box office or online at

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