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Matt Pike Provides Update on High on Fire Drummer Situation


I had the privilege of watching High on Fire live in Brooklyn this past Friday, November 22, and let me tell you something: Chris Maggio, the drummer on this tour, is an absolute fucking beast. Maggio, also of Wear Your Wounds, Coliseum, ex-Trap Them and at one point Sleigh Bells, follow’s Gaytheist’s Nick Parks as the second skinsman to replace founding member Des Kensel, who left the band earlier this year after two decades.

Will Maggio be the guy on a permanent basis going forward? I’m not certain, and from the sound of things neither is Matt Pike. The Shirtless Wonder told Elliott Fullam of Little Punk People in a recent interview:

“We’re working in a new drummer with us and it’s been interesting. He’s a ball of energy and he’s kind of a maniac. And ya know, we’re working it out and it’s been a lot of fun just being able to tour again. I had some defaults with some of my health issues so I’m glad to be a little healthier and out on the road again, and having things under control. And playing music. That’s what I live for.”

Tough to glean too much from that other than “we’re having fun and we’ll see what happens,” much like a newly dating couple. I’ll tell you this, though: the guy definitely deserves the gig if he wants it.

There are a few dates remaining of High on Fire’s currently in-progress tour with Power Trip, Devil Master and Creeping Death:

November 25 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall [TICKETS]
November 26 – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic [TICKETS]
November 27 – Chicago, IL @ The Metro [TICKETS]
November 29 – Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater [TICKETS]
November 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall [TICKETS]
December 2 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos  [TICKETS]
December 3 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw [TICKETS]
December 4 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom  [TICKETS]
December 6 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre [TICKETS]
December 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent  [TICKETS]

[via Metal Injection]

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