Mastodon Cancels Shows Due to 'Personal Family Matter'

David McClister
Mastodon photographed June 13 at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. 

Mastodon has canceled a raft of international tour dates, citing a “personal family matter.” The Atlanta metal band has scrapped a run of 16 shows which was due to start Aug. 7 at the Heavy Montreal Fest in Montreal and roll across Europe before coming to a halt Sept. 3 at Gazi Hall Entertainment Stage in Athens, Greece. 
 
Also, the outfit's scheduled performance Sept. 5 in Iceland will now be slotted into Reykjavik’s Rokkjotnar Festival on Dec. 5. 

Mastodon's Brent Hinds: 'I F--ing Hate Heavy Metal'

Mastodon’s sixth and most recent studio set, 2014’s Once More 'Round the Sun, opened at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and nailed its highest rank on the Billboard 200 at No. 6.

Sun marked something of a change in musical direction for Mastodon, whose previous, and considerably heavier album, 2011's The Hunter, peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds admitted in a recent interview that he “never really liked heavy metal in the first place."

According to a statement, Mastodon will return to the road for Latin America dates beginning in late September.

Mastodon's canceled tour dates:

Aug. 7 -- Heavy Montreal Fest, Montreal, QC
Aug. 12 -- Oya Festival, Oslo, Norway 
Aug. 14 -- Summer Breeze Fest, Dinkelsbuehl, Germany                    
Aug. 15 -- Elb-Riot Festival, Hamburg, Germany
Aug. 16 -- Bregenz Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria                           
Aug. 18 -- Essigfabrik, Cologne, Germany                       
Aug. 19  -- Kesselhaus, Berlin, Germany                             
Aug. 20 -- Cabaret Vert, Charleville Mezieres, France           
Aug. 21  -- Pukkelpop Shelter Marquee, Hasselt, Belgium                             
Aug. 25 -- SKK Arena (w/ Metallica), St. Petersburg, Russia                  
Aug. 27 -- Olympysky (w/ Metallica), Moscow, Russia                           
Aug. 29 -- Reading Festival (The Pit Stage), Reading, England                           
Aug. 30 -- Leeds/Reading Festival (The Pit Stage), Leeds, England                            
Aug. 31 -- 100% Metal Headbangers, Istanbul, Turkey
Sept. 2 -- Principal Theater Club, Thessaloniki, Greece
Sept. 3 -- Gazi Hall Entertainment Stage, Athens, Greece