Megadeth mainman scheduled for neck surgery after recent injury – but fronts his band for Big 4 show as planned

Dave Mustaine

Show must go on: Dave Mustaine

Dave Mustaine fronted Megadeth for the Big 4 concert in New York last night – but admitted he was facing surgery on his neck after sustaining an injury during a recent tour.

Rumours had been rife that Megadeth might miss the last scheduled appearance of the touring event which has seen them sharing a stage with genre mates Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax since last year.

It had been said the guitarist and singer spent the last few days in hospital, suffering from pain in his shoulder following an incident on the recent Mayhem Festival US tour.

TV presenter and insider Eddie Trunk had tweeted: “Big news circulating about Big 4 Wed. Stand by for an official announcement.” He later added: “Megadeth IS scheduled to play tomorrow at Big 4. Apparently there was some concern over a back issue with Mustaine but they are on as of now.”

But Mustaine appeared as planned at the Yankee Stadium last night – then told fans he’d be going under the knife in the near future.

The Big 4 ended their show last night with a group performance of Motorhead track Overkill. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says there are plans for more US dates to be announced, but a full tour is unlikely.

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