Stoner-thrash icons High on Fire were forced to pull out of their co-headlining Speed of the Wizard Tour with Municipal Waste sponsored by Revolver following an emergency incident that resulted in frontman Matt Pike's partial toe amputation.
While the band are not releasing any further details currently, they reassured fans they'll be back next year when Pike's foot is healed: "Matt has a medical emergency culminating in the partial amputation of one of his toes. The scheduling of this procedure is immediate and the recovery time will overlap our intended tour with MW. We will unfortunately be unable to participate in this tour but will be back stronger than ever in 2019!"
Showing their full support, the Municipal Waste camp issued a similar statement, saying "First and foremost we wish our friend Matt the best of luck with his recovery. We need him, the metal world in general needs him. We would much rather have him miss a tour to heal up rather than not having any more Matt Pike music in the future. High on Fire 's new album is amazing and we love him and his band mates so much. That being said after much discussion us Toxic and Haunt are still going to do the tour. It just makes sense, why make something negative worse? Get better Matt we love you."
In addition to any makeup dates that could pop up following this incident, Pike also has appearances at April 2019's Roadburn Festival on his schedule with two full album sets with Sleep, who turned down Coachella to take on the Netherlands gig. Read more on the distinguished hesher's influences and past experience in music in this recent profile.