MEGADETH: No Official Decision Has Yet Been Made Regarding DAVE MUSTAINE's Involvement In 'Megacruise'
MEGADETH: No Official Decision Has Yet Been Made Regarding DAVE MUSTAINE’s Involvement In ‘Megacruise’
MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson says that no “official decision” has yet been made regarding Dave Mustaine’s involvement in the upcoming Megacruise.
The 58-year-old MEGADETH leader revealed his cancer diagnosis on June 17 on social media. He has since issued an update, saying that his doctors “are feeling very positive” regarding the progress of his treatment.
Although most of MEGADETH’s previously announced 2019 tour dates have been canceled as Mustaine battles the disease, the MEGADETH-curated Megacruise — which is set to take place October 13-19 — will still depart as scheduled, and the band will be a part of it in some form.
David Ellefson states:
Ellefson was asked about MEGADETH’s participation in the Megacruise during an appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation” earlier in the week. He responded: “I called Dave on September 13 — it was his birthday — and we had a nice little chat. We talk every couple of weeks. I just really try to let him go through his treatments. He sounded good. Obviously, he is in recovery now for the next several weeks, next couple of months. We put on sale the MEGADETH/FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH tour across Europe starting in January, so the focus now is for Dave to just be fully rested and ready for that.
“There has not been an official decision or announcement made on exactly what we’re gonna do with Megacruise as far as the MEGADETH side of it,” he continued. “I know me and Kiko (Loureiro, guitar) and Dirk (Verbeuren, drums) will certainly be there. We’re hoping Dave is well enough to be there and be part of it, but, of course, the wise heads will have to prevail on that one, with his health being number one priority. But, yeah, I’m definitely looking forward to it, man. It’s gonna be great. There’s such a great host of bands on that and all kinds of great events and things that are gonna be happening, so it’s certainly gonna be a killer cruise.“
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