Metallica fans who have been blessed with great news about their band over the last couple of years – hit records, sold-out concerts – were hit with some not-so-great news: The band announced that James Hetfield the band’s frontman, has entered rehab.
An announcement came via the band’s website, providing information on upcoming shows in Australia and New Zealand that have been
Hetfield has had problems with addictions in the past. The message on the website titled “A Note From Lars [Ulrich], Kirk [Hammett] and Rob [Trujillo],” said, “We are truly sorry to inform our fans and friends that we must postpone our upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand. 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. 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 and, as always, thank you for being a part of our Metallica family.”
Refund information was posted on the LIveNation Australia and Live Nation New Zealand websites, with separate information for those who purchased enhanced packages. The tour dates had been set to take place from Oct. 17 to Nov. 2, with a total of eight shows canceled.