Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine was diagnosed with throat cancer in June, though he says he and his team of doctors remain optimistic about treatment. It recently appeared as though the new Megadeth record was still underway, and while it is, guitarist Kiko Loureiro has made it known that they are not doing any of the recording right now. Loureiro says the band is just writing a bunch and taking things day by day,
He also reveals the band is working with producer Chris Rakestraw, who has worked with bands like Children Of Bodom, Danzig, Black Label Society, and Megadeth on their previous effort Dystopia.
"He's doing fine. He's doing the treatment. But today is Sunday. We don't work [in the studio]. Yesterday, we kind of stayed together for an hour only. Every day, he's coming here and then we work — I don't know — a few hours, and then take a break, and he rests or [goes] and [does] something else, and then he comes back. So we might be working, like, five or six hours with Dave, and then a little bit more with the producer, with [Chris] Rakestraw. We're listening to the stuff we did and changing little things and sometimes even trying to write new ideas. We have a lot of ideas here, a lot of songs. So while Dave has energy, we're working.
"We're not recording yet, so we're just composing — creating ideas and taking the time before we go to the studio. And it depends on Dave's ability to sing, of course. But he's playing guitar, so we're still developing the songs and ideas. That's what we're doing without any other more specific plan, because every day we see what's happening."
As always, we wish Dave all the best in his treatments, as well as a safe and speedy recovery.