HIGH ON FIRE has been forced to cancel its previously announced U.S. tour with TOKE and YEAR OF THE COBRA due to another medical emergency suffered by the band's frontman, Matt Pike. The trek was scheduled to kick off on January 10 in Atlanta, Georgia and wrap on February 1 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
This marks the second tour HIGH ON FIRE has scrapped in less than three months. Last fall, the Oakland, California-based outfit pulled out of a trek with MUNICIPAL WASTE due to "a medical emergency culminating in the partial amputation of one of [Pike's] toes," the band said at the time.
In a statement announcing HIGH ON FIRE's latest tour cancelation, Matt said: "Dear friends, fans. To my brothers, my crew, and anyone else this affects. I do apologize for the inconvenience of this cancelation.
"I feel as though I'm explaining lightning striking twice. For 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 of this and repeating nature are my nightmares 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. 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!!!!"
HIGH ON FIRE's latest album, "Electric Messiah", was released in October via Entertainment One (eOne).
Last fall, the band completed a European co-headlining tour with ENSLAVED.
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