Megadeth have been forced to cancel the next eight weeks eight weeks worth of live appearance. This is a result of doctor’s order to frontman/guitarist Dave Mustaine who previously had a spinal surgery and recently suffered complications stemming from that. The following statement was made:

“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 8 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!”

Included in the list of canceled shows was Megadeth’s appearance on Motörhead’s Motörboat. An all-star band christened Metal Allegiance will be taking their place. The following musicians are will be making up the band:

Philip H Anselmo (Down, ex-Pantera)
Joey Belladonna (Anthrax)
Chuck Billy (Testament)
Chris Broderick (Megadeth)
Jon Donais (Anthrax/Shadows Fall)
Scott Ian (Anthrax)
Mark Zavon (Kill Devil Hill)
Frank Bello (Anthrax)
Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill, ex-Pantera)
David Ellefson (Megadeth)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater)