Megadeth Confirm New Tour: Has Dave Mustaine Recovered?

Only a few months ago, fans of legendary thrash metal act Megadeth were crossing their fingers and saying their prayers for frontman and guitar hero Dave Mustaine. The former Metallica star confirmed to fans that he’d been diagnosed with throat cancer, and would be forced to cancel all of the band’s scheduled appearances for the remainder of 2019.

The news was a disappointment for fans of the band (although their first thoughts were, obviously, for the long-term health of Mustaine). As well as having special anniversary gigs lined up to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their seminal album ‘Youthanasia’ in October this year, they were also scheduled to set out across North America on a once-in-a-lifetime tour with fellow British metal legend Ozzy Osbourne. That, too, was not to be. Even if it hadn’t been for Mustaine’s cancer diagnosis, Osbourne was forced to cancel his tour after injuring himself badly in a fall. It seemed that 2019 simply wasn’t going to be a great year for fans of old-school rock.

It’s too early to say whether we’ll get to see Ozzy and Megadeth play together at some point in the future, but we do have some good news to bring to you – Megadeth will be heading back out onto the road in 2020 – and that may not be all they’re doing.

Mega Death Punch

Earlier this week, both Megadeth and Las Vegas-based metal group Five Finger Death Punch took to social media to post identical images of a map of Europe, among with a link to a website called megadeathpunch.com. As first reported by Kerrang, the cryptic messages are confirmation of a joint tour between the two bands, which is to take place next year. Some of the venues for the tour have already been announced on the website, including dates in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and the United Kingdom. There are further venues to be announced which are currently obscured on the website’s images, but one of them can clearly be made out a Berlin, Germany. As of yet, there’s no confirmation of any dates outside Europe, but that may change when the remaining locations are revealed.

If you’re based in North America and would like to see Five Finger Death Punch before next year, you’ll have the opportunity. The band already have a tour that begins in late 2019, kicking off in their home city of Las Vegas on November 1st, and traveling on to Florida and across the United States.

As well as a lack of confirmation of the remaining venues, there is also no confirmation of the specific dates of the tour. The date 09.09.19 is listed underneath the list of destination cities, but that’s more likely to be confirmation of when more information will be revealed than an indication of when a tour might begin. If Megadeth were about to go on tour in a week’s time, we suspect we’d know about it by now! As well as the two major rock acts, Bad Wolves will also be appearing.

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Does This Mean Dave Mustaine Has Recovered?

Only Dave Mustaine knows whether he’s finished his cancer treatment and is now in remission, and we’re sure he’ll provide fans with an update on his condition in due course. It seems unlikely that he’d be accepting bookings for his band for 2020 if he had any long-term concerns about his condition, however, and so we can only hope that this latest news is a positive sign that Mustaine’s health is heading in the right direction.

Mustaine was hopeful of making a full and swift recovery when he first announced news of his diagnosis in June this year. He reassured fans that the cancer had been identified at an early stage, and that he had no intention of putting his music career on hold for too long to deal with it.

Aren’t Megadeth On A Boat?

They’re not right now, but they will be very soon. Although all of their standalone gigs had to be canceled, Mustaine insisted that the band go ahead with their appearance on the inaugural ‘Megacruise’ – a festival of metal music that takes place on a cruise ship, and sets sail in October this year. It’s not thought that Megadeth will be performing without Mustaine, but several heavy hitters from the world of metal will be on the cruise and playing as the ship sails on the waters. It promises to be an unmissable event.

Staging your own band-themed boat cruise may seem like a Spinal Tap level of excess, but it’s just another day at the office for Megadeth. The band has a habit of turning up where you least expect them – including at casinos. There’s a mobile slots game which bears the band’s name which has proven to be a winner with players. Fans of the band – or fans who love to play mobile slots in related casinos or their sister site – can listen to the band’s back catalog while spinning the reels and hoping for a big win. Fittingly for the comparison we just made, there’s also a mobile slots game based on Spinal Tap. Similarly, over-the-top rock act KISS has an official mobile slots game, too, so this isn’t all about Megadeth!

What Else Is New?

It’s already known that when Mustaine had to call off the gigs on the band’s 2019 calendar, Megadeth had begun the groundwork on a new album, which would be their first new material since ‘Dystopia,’ released in 2016. While the band has been taking some time out, Mustaine has been doing as much work as possible on the album in terms of musical and lyrical composition.

While no ‘official’ announcement of the new album has yet taken place, the band’s official Twitter account has been dropping some less-than-subtle clues that news may arrive as early as next month. If the album is close to completion, it would suggest that Mustaine has been able to provide vocals for the recording, which is yet another positive indicator of his prognosis.

2019 may have been mostly a year of absence for these legends of British metal music, but their 2020 calendar is already looking like a busy one. We look forward to welcoming them back to the big stage – and we’re sure many of our readers do, too!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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2 comments

  1. I’ve been listening to Megadeth since approximately 1989, and was surprised to see Dave referred to as “former Metallica star”. I don’t even think of Metallica when I think of Megadeth. Megadeth stands alone as one of the greatest and most influential Metal bands, and its early roots in Metallica seem less relevant as years passed. I just thought I’d share my thought on this. P.S. – I’m also a movie maniac and 6 hr sleeper, and I highly recommend “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, but I’m sure you’ve seen it!

    • I also had the same feeling when I got the piece. But Megadeth has found their own footing and place in the world of Metal and music in general.

      I did watch Once Upon! It was pretty darn good! We got a review or two somewhere on the site as well 🙂

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