Guitarist Marc Rizzo has been forced to leave the "Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots" European tour due to a "dire family emergency." Stepping in for him for the next few shows on the "MTV Headbangers Ball Tour 2017" — which also features OVERKILL, INSOMNIUM and DESERTED FEAR — is former HAVOK and current SOULFLY bassist Mike Leon.
Max Cavalera's wife and manager Gloria Cavalera states: "Let's all pray for [Marc's] family and send them positive vibes and loving wishes."
The "MTV Headbangers Ball Tour 2017" is scheduled to hit Geiselwind, Germany on Friday, December 1.
The "Return To Roots" tour sees former SEPULTURA members Max and Igor Cavalera celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the band's classic album "Roots" by performing the LP in its entirety.
"Roots", along with 1993's "Chaos A.D.", is considered SEPULTURA's most commercially successful release, having been certified gold in 2005 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for U.S. shipments in excess of 500,000 copies.
In 1996, Max exited SEPULTURA after the rest of the band fired Max's wife Gloria as their manager.
Igor left SEPULTURA in June 2006 due to "artistic differences." His departure from the band came five months after he announced that he was taking a break from SEPULTURA's touring activities to spend time with his second wife and their son (who was born in January 2006).