Metallica was supposed to perform in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, and Auckland for their Worldwired tour with Slipknot.
However, on Friday band members apart from James Hetfield released a statement, postponing their upcoming tour. Members include Lars Ulrich, the drummer, Kirk Hammett, the guitarist, and Rob Trujillo, the bassist.
The band tweeted, “A Note from Lars, Kirk, and Rob. We are truly sorry to inform our fans and friends that we must postpone our upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand.”
Talking about Hetfield’s battle with addiction, they said, “As most of you probably know, our brother James has been struggling with addiction on and off for many years. He has now, unfortunately, had to re-enter a treatment program to work on his recovery again.”
“We fully intend to make our way to your part of the world as soon as health and schedule permit. We’ll let you know as soon as we can,” they added.
Metallica also thanked their fans for their support. Writing, “Once again, we are devastated that we have inconvenienced so many of you, especially our most loyal fans who travel great distances to experience our shows. We appreciate your understanding and support for James & thank you for being a part of our Metallica family.”
People who have already purchased tickets “to the shows in Australia and New Zealand, including Enhanced Experiences and Black Tickets, will be fully refunded.”
56-year-old James Hetfield has been struggling with addiction since years. Back in 2001 as well, the singer had to take a break from the band to check into rehab.
Furthermore, in 2006, Hetfield opened up about his sobriety on The Joe Rogan Experience. The father of 3 revealed that the fear of losing his family was his biggest motivator.
He said, “Losing my family, that was the thing that scared me so much. That was the bottom I hit, that my family is going to go away because of my behaviors that I brought home from the road. I got kicked out of my house by my wife, I was living on my own somewhere, I did not want that.”
Metallica was supposed to start the Australian leg of their tour on October 17.
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