“About a year ago, we were working on our new album back in Franklin, TN, and I started to feel some pain here *points at throat*, so I went to the doctor and he said, ‘Dave, you have cancer.’
“And I went, ‘Fuck!… I have cancer…’ I was so shocked. At first, I thought, you know, ‘Am I afraid?’; and I said, ‘No, I’m fucking pissed.’
“And we stopped the record, we stopped everything, I went into treatment for cancer. It was 51 radiation treatments and nine chemo treatments.
“And when it was all said and done, every day I would think, ‘I can’t face not playing again; I can’t face not playing again.’
“So I would pray – I know a lot of you guys know that I pray, I say that in ‘Peace Sells’ [refering to the ‘What do you mean I don’t believe in God? I talk to him every day’ line in the 1986 song]; I pray every day, I say that in the song, I’ve been saying it since the second record.
“But I thought about you guys every day too, and I thought about my family, I got this power from you guys and I just kept thinking about it…
“And on October 16, I went to go see the doctor and he said, ‘You’re 100% free of cancer.'”
I am a Brazilian journalist, a Classic Rock and Heavy Metal lover. Music has always been part of my life, helped me through tough moments and was with me to celebrate the good ones. When I became a journalist I knew I wanted to write about my passions. After college I did a postgraduate degree in digital communication. This has helped me to make the website better and bring the best of classic rock to the world! MTB: 0021377/MG