Matt Pike Health Issues Force High on Fire to Cancel Tour
High on Fire's attempt to return to the road following the partial amputation of one of frontman Matt Pike's toes has been put on hold.
The band has canceled its upcoming tour, and continued problems with Pike's foot could result in the loss of his big toe and maybe more.
“Dear Friends and fans," Pike wrote in a press release. "To my brothers, my crew, and anyone else this affects, I do apologize for the inconvenience of this cancellation. I feel as though I’m explaining lightning striking twice. I wanted nothing more in the world to play these songs live, nor ever cancel something I say I’m gonna do.
“I am a warrior for our art, and have endured some painful things to what we do. The timing and repeating nature of this is my nightmare and almost impossible. Nevertheless, to save yet another toe, my big one, I have been grounded by circumstances out of my control. I will have more of a medical report to come, but right now I’m at great risk of losing it and/or a bigger portion of my foot due to diabetes. Which I have been managing very well. It just shows how this disease can affect our lives. Please forgive me, and if you know anything about me, you know this is not like me. We will be back!”
Last November, High on Fire were planning a monthlong co-headlining tour with Municipal Waste in support of their new album Electric Messiah. But they pulled out at the last minute due to Pike's emergency. At the time, he posted a picture of the results of the surgery, which can be seen at Revolver Magazine.
The current trek across the U.S. was scheduled to take place from Jan. 10 through Feb. 1. Fans can get a full refund from the point of purchase.