Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has been ordered to rest by his doctor.
The band have had to cancel a string of live shows in the wake of the news, which comes as a result of Mustaine experiencing “complications” following spinal surgery back in 2011.
The cancellations include Megadeth’s appearance at Motorhead’s Motorboat Cruise. Organisers of the Florida event have confirmed that they have lined up something of a metal supergroup to fill the vacant slot however. Metal Allegiance, which includes Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Chris Broderick, alongside Phil Anselmo, Scott Ian, Mike Portnoy and Joey Belladonna, will play in Megadeth’s place.
Megadeth have said in a statement: “Due to complications arising from a previous cervical spine surgery, and upon his doctor’s strict recommendations, Dave Mustaine has cancelled all performances for the next eight weeks.”
“With rest and treatment, he is expected to recover and resume performing soon. The band was looking forward to the concerts and cruise, and is disappointed that they will not be able to see their fans. Megadeth expects to return to the road and will see their fans soon.”
Phil Anselmo, who will also perform on the cruise with his band Down said: “I always love getting together with my brothers and throwing down. The Allegiance jam is sure to be the best jam I’ve been involved with yet.”