High On Fire have been forced to cancel their rescheduled tour this month as frontman/guitarist Matt Pike faces more complications. The tour itself was a rescheduled run for a trek the band were forced to drop back in November due to Pike‘s health woes. The medical issue at hand appears to be Pike‘s struggles with Diabetes, which required a partial amputation of one of his toes this past fall.
Explaining the cancellation of this latest run, Pike commented:
“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!”