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High on Fire cancel 2019 tour due to medical emergency

High on Fire at PlayStation Theater
High on Fire at PlayStation Theatre in 2016 (more by Greg Cristman)

Last year, High on Fire had to drop off their tour with Municipal Waste due to frontman Matt Pike needing a partial toe amputation, though Matt recovered, toured with his other band Sleep in December, and planned to take High on Fire back on the road for an early 2019 tour with Year of the Cobra and Toke that was to have begun this Thursday (1/10). Sadly, Matt had to cancel this tour too. He needs to save another toe, as he is “at great risk of losing it, and/or a bigger portion of [his] foot due to Diabetes.” Matt’s full statement reads:

Dear Friends and 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. 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!

We’re wishing you a speedy recovery, Matt! Get well soon.

All affected dates (including Brooklyn’s Warsaw on 1/18) are listed below. HoF are also booked for Psycho Las Vegas in August; hopefully Matt will be recovered by then!

High On Fire — 2019 Tour Dates
1/10 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
1/11- Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
1/12 – Richmond, VA – Broadberry
1/13 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
1/15 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
1/16 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
1/18 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
1/19 – Montreal, QC – Fairmount
1/20 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
1/22 – Chicago, IL – Metro
1/23 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway
1/25 – Denver, CO – Oriental
1/26 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
1/27 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
1/29 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
1/30 – Austin, TX-Barracuda
1/31 – Houston, TX – White Oak
2/1 – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues

8/16-18 – Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas

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