Megadeth play first show since Dave Mustaine’s cancer diagnosis: Setlist + Video

The band return with an 11-song set in Helsinki on Monday night

Megadeth first show since Mustaine cancer diagnosis
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, photo by David Brendan Hall

    Megadeth returned to the stage on Monday night in Helsinki, Finland, for the first time since frontman Dave Mustaine was diagnosed with throat cancer last year.

    The January 20th show was the first gig for Megadeth since October 2018. Megadeth’s tour plans were put on hold for two separate reasons in 2019. First, the band was set to support Ozzy Osbourne on his North American tour, but that outing was postponed when Ozzy injured himself in a fall at home. Then, in June, Mustaine revealed that he was battling throat cancer, forcing the legendary thrash act to cancel all remaining 2019 shows.

    In October, Megadeth bassist David Ellefson revealed that Mustaine underwent successful cancer treatments, and earlier this month, the band officially declared that they were “back.”


    Megadeth are making their stage return as direct support on Five Finger Death Punch’s European tour. During Megadeth’s first gig of the trek on Monday, the band played an 11-song set heavy on classics like “Hangar 18”, “A Tout Le Monde”, “Symphony of Destruction”, and set-closer “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due”.

    The support slot will allow Megadeth to ease back into touring before playing longer headlining gigs. As of now, they have no dates scheduled beyond the trek with FFDP, which wraps up February 22nd in Sofia, Bulgaria. While Ozzy’s North American dates have been rescheduled for 2020, Marilyn Manson will serve as support, not Megadeth.

    Watch Megadeth performing “Symphony of Destruction” in Helsinki on Monday night, followed by the complete setlist below.


    Hangar 18
    Wake Up Dead
    Sweating Bullets
    Dawn Patrol
    A Tout Le Monde
    Symphony of Destruction
    Peace Sells

    Holy Wars… The Punishment Due


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