NewsApril 27, 2023 6:16 PM ET8,831 views

Ice Nine Kills guitarist Dan Sugarman steps away to undergo medical treatment

The band will continue on tour with the help of Miles Dimitri Baker and Doc Coyle filling in on guitar duties.

Dan Sugarman

Ice Nine Kills guitarist Dan Sugarman has announced that he will be stepping away from the band's current tour due to a medical issue. 

In a video posted on his social media accounts, Sugarman revealed that he had discovered a lump on his neck and will need to undergo treatment soon. Although he did not disclose the specifics of his condition, he urged fans to prioritize their health and get regular check-ups.

Despite Sugarman's absence, Ice Nine Kills will continue on tour with the help of Miles Dimitri Baker (Interloper) and Doc Coyle(Bad Wolves) filling in on guitar duties.

Sugarman said in the video:

"Not too long ago, amidst the finalizing with INK team my return to the touring situation… 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," said the guitarist


"I have a team of incredible doctors that I trust in. We have a plan and I am ready to continue my healing surrounded by friends, family, loved ones and the amazing support of people like you. That said it's becoming apparent that I need to sit home and sit out—at least on the very beginning—of a tour of a lifetime, literally the tour of my dreams."

Sugarman's bandmates also released a statement expressing their support for him during this time:

"We're excited to see all of you European psychos as we embark on Metallica's M72 World Tour as well as our own Wurst Vacation headliner, all of which kicks off this weekend in Amsterdam. But unfortunately, we do so with a heavy heart. Over the last several months we had been working towards bringing our brother and lead guitarist, Dan Sugarman, back on stage with us for the first time since post-COVID touring."


"As he announced today, however, Dan is unable to join us due to his recent medical diagnosis. While supporting our boy is always top of mind, Dan and the band have been working together to train two of the top guitar player sin heavy music to fill his insanely big shoes – Miles Dimitri Baker and Doc Coyle.

These two new friends of ours will join Ricky for a triple guitar onslaught the likes of which you've never seen.

In addition, Doc will carry Dan's spirit on stage with us by using his signature guitar model, The Murder Axe.

Please welcome Miles and Doc to the INK family and send Dan all the love and support he needs right now."


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