Guitarists rally round Ice Nine Kills’ Dan Sugarman as medical scare forces him to pull out of Metallica support slots

Ice Nine Kills' Dan Sugarman
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Ice Nine Kills guitarist Dan Sugarman has been forced to drop out of the band’s upcoming support slots with Metallica following a recent medical diagnosis.

Sugarman shared the news in an Instagram post, saying, “Not too long ago, amidst finalizing with the INK team my return to the touring situation, so I could finally step back on stage with my boys and play these songs that we poured our hearts into, we found a lump on my neck. Fast-forward through a bunch of biopsies, MRIs, a bunch of sleepless nights, I got the call that nobody ever wants to hear.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.