Guitarist Mike Scaccia of Texan thrashers RIGOR MORTIS will undergo emergency neck surgery this Monday morning (May 4) at 6:00 a.m.Commented the band: "Scaccia has been having problems with severe pains in his arms in recent years. It appeared it was always from medical conditions such as tendonitis from the many years of playing the intense and fast style of music that he plays. But a few days after his performance in Germany at the Keep It True [festival] last weekend, Scaccia noticed his left arm went totally numb. So he went in to see his chiropractor, who noticed something seriously wrong in Scaccia's neck. So he sent him for an immediate MRI. The results showed that Scaccia has a cervical herniated disc in his lower neck and they told him that he could easily become paralyzed without immediate surgery. "All of us in RIGOR MORTIS are hopeful that Mike will have a successful surgery and that he will be back playing his guitar very soon. The doctors have assured Mike that this surgery will make him a ten-times-better guitar player. "We will give an update sometime next week on how Mike is recovering. "If you want to wish Mike luck with his surgery, he will be checking our RIGOR MORTIS Myspace page when he can. So feel free to leave him a message here." Fan-filmed video footage of RIGOR MORTIS performing the song "Demons" on April 25, 2009 at the Keep It True XII festival at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany can be viewed below. RIGOR MORTIS performed at the one-day Ozzfest 2008 festival in Dallas on August 9. The band appeared with its original lineup consisting of Bruce Corbitt (TEXAS METAL ALLIANCE), Mike Scaccia (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS, BLOHOLE), Casey Orr (GWAR, MITRA, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, BLOHOLE), and Harden Harrison (MITRA, PERVIS, SPEEDEALER).