Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message at the group’s official web site:
“I wanted to take this time to inform you of a change with our touring staff out here on the ‘Killing Road’, to give thanks, and to avoid any further misunderstandings.
“Our former tour manager, Claude ‘Cowboy’ Spencer, has left the tour due to personal problems with his son’s health.
“Cowboy told us that he had found out his 16-year-old son had colon cancer. He was obviously affected by this terrible news, but tried his best to do his job and not let us know about this tragedy. Unfortunately, in the long run, he was overwhelmed, and he broke down telling my tour advisor and personal assistant, John Leeder, what had happened.
“We felt it best to let him go home to be with his wife and son while they proceed with this imminent surgery.
“We ask you to pray for him and his family and we wish him well, and I personally want to say, ‘God Bless You Cowboy.’ [Psalm 23 – Cowboy]
“Our new tour manager is Michael Nachtigal and his assistant is Suzy Nilson. If you have had any problems on this tour with guest tickets, passes, interviews, photo passes, etc., I ask you to please contact us.
“We will check with our agency, management, label, and other information sources to confirm your invitations and if you were ‘unfortunately’ overlooked; we keep track of all lists in triplicate.”