High On Fire have unfortunately been forced to drop off the 'Speed of the Wizard Tour' with Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust and Haunt due to frontman Matt Pike needing to get one of his toes partially amputated. The posted a statement, which reads:
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!
And Municipal Waste posted a statement as well:
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.
The tour is now set to hit NYC without High on Fire on November 11 at Warsaw (tickets). All dates are listed below.
High on Fire released their ripping new album Electric Messiah earlier this month, and you can stream it below. Meanwhile, Matt Pike's band Sleep (who released their first album in 15+ years this year) have upcoming dates scheduled for December. No word yet on whether or not Matt is expected to be recovered by then, but stay tuned.
Municipal Waste / Toxic Holocaust / Haunt -- 2018 Tour Dates
11/02/2018 Canton Hall – Dallas, TX
11/03/2018 Mohawk – Austin, TX
11/04/2018 Southport Music – New Orleans, LA
11/06/2018 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
11/07/2018 Masquerade -Atlanta, GA
11/09/2018 Washington, DC Black Cat Saturday
11/10/2018 Richmond, VA The National w/ GWAR
11/11/2018 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY
11/12/2018 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
11/13/2018 Boston, MA Paradise
11/15/2018 Metro – Chicago, IL
11/17/2018 Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
11/18/2018 Metro Music Hall -Salt Lake City, UT
11/20/2018 BossaNova Ballroom – Portland, OR
11/21/2018 Showbox @ The Market – Seattle, WA
11/23/2018 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
11/24/2018 UC Theater – Berkeley, CA
11/25/2018 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
11/26/2018 Observatory – Santa Ana, CA