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Mustaine taken ill backstage, but Megadeth show goes on

By | Published on Monday 21 March 2011


Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine went ahead with a six song set at a gig in Russia last week despite being taken ill two hours before the show.

Although the rocker’s people say that reports Mustaine collapsed backstage at St Petersburg’s Jubileeny Arena are an exaggeration, the rocker admits doctors advised him to cancel the show.

Speaking to, Mustaine said: “Two hours before the show I started to feel like I had a hernia, or I’d been hit in the groin. I told my tour manager I needed a doctor and it might be in my best interest to cancel the show”.

He added: “I was told to pee for the doctors. They explained there was blood and gave me an IV, an analgesic and an anti-inflammatory injection. The next hour is blurry. I woke up, they told me they could hold the show for 30 minutes, but I said, ‘Guys, I am OK, and we can do this'”.

There are confused reports as to how long Mustaine then played for, or whether he did visit a hospital after the show, though he insisted in his mini-interview that he felt “95% better” just 48 hours after the incident.