Metallica cancels Aussie tour for rehab
METALLICA has cancelled its Australian tour in October with the band announcing frontman James Hetfield will enter rehab to deal with addictions.
Promoter Live Nation released a statement from band members drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Rob Trujillo earlier today.
“We are truly sorry to inform our fans and friends that we must postpone our upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand,” it 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.”
Hetfield’s past issues with alcohol and drugs were detailed in the 2004 doco, Metallica’s Some Kind of Monster
“Fear was a big motivator in that for me,” Hetfield has previously said about his decision to get sober. “Losing my family, that was the thing that scared me so much, that was the bottom I hit.”