DevilDriver have pulled out of their appearance on this weekend’s MegaCruise. The announcement comes with the news that frontman Dez Fafara’s wife, Anahstasia, was diagnosed with cancer.
“Today my world is BLACK my wife and best friend @mrsfafara was told yesterday she has cancer,” reads a statement Fafara made on his private Instagram account and was reported on by The PRP.
“Please send positive vibes for our family while we go through this difficult time. #FuckCancer. AT THIS TIME @devildriver IS CANCELLING @themegacruise SO I can be by my wife’s side. Thank you for your understanding.”
An official statement hasn’t been made yet via DevilDriver and Megacruise‘s official social media accounts.
Anahstasia and Dez have three children together. The couple also run a handful of businesses together, including The Oracle Management company, which Anahstasia is vice president and CEO of, The Oracle Merchandise Company and clothing brand SunCult.
Anahstasia also appears on the cover of Coal Chamber’s second album, Chamber Music.
This isn’t the first show DevilDriver has had to cancel this year. In July, the band announced that they had to pull out of a fall European tour “due to unexpected circumstances, completely out of the control of the band.” The group hopes to make up these shows in 2020 “with a show bigger and better than ever before.”
The MegaCruise was founded by metal megastars Megadeth that makes its maiden voyage this year. Setting sail October 13 from Los Angeles, CA, the five-day/five-night cruise hits ports in San Diego, CA and Ensenada, Mexico before returning to LA October 18. Bands slated to perform (Aside from Megadeth) include Lamb of God, Anthrax, Testament, Queensryche, Suicidal Tendencies, Dragonforce, Corrosion of Conformity, John 5, Metal Church and more.
DevilDriver released their latest album, a guest-heavy outlaw country covers collection entitled Outlaws ‘til the End: Vol 1, in July 2018. The band is currently working on a new, two-part, untitled double album the first part of which is supposed to be released some time in 2020, though no official date has been announced. DevilDriver is still set to embark on the second leg of Static-X’s 20th anniversary tour, which kicks off November 8 in Austin, TX and concludes December 18 in Fresno, CA.