Me­tal­lica cancels Aussie tour for re­hab

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

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.”

James Het­field

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