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James Hetfield is back on rehab and Metallica cancels tour dates

James Hetfield

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James Hetfield is back on rehab and Metallica cancels tour dates

Metallica announced that James Hetfield is back on rehab and it has canceled shows it would do in Australia and New Zealand. The band reported that the reason is a relapse of James Hetfield, the band’s lead singer and guitarist, who has re-entered a recovery program as he is “struggling with his addiction.”

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In the text, the group of Heavy Metal says that the idea is to reschedule the shows, but there are no dates yet.

Read Metallica statement about the cancelation and James Hetfield’s addiction

“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.

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. 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.

All tickets purchased to the shows in Australia and New Zealand, including Enhanced Experiences and Black Tickets, will be fully refunded. More details on how to obtain your refund are below.”

The canceled tour dates are:

  • OCT 17 Perth, Australia Optus Stadium
  • OCT 20 Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval
  • OCT 22 Melbourne, Australia Marvel Stadium
  • OCT 24 Melbourne, Australia Marvel Stadium
  • OCT 26 Sydney,Australia ANZ Stadium
  • OCT 29 Brisbane, Australia QSAC
  • OCT 31 Auckland, New Zealand Mt. Smart Stadium
  • NOV 02 Auckland, New Zealand Mt. Smart Stadium

I am a Brazilian journalist, a Classic Rock and Heavy Metal lover. Music has always been part of my life, helped me through tough moments and was with me to celebrate the good ones. When I became a journalist I knew I wanted to write about my passions. After college I did a postgraduate degree in digital communication. This has helped me to make the website better and bring the best of classic rock to the world! MTB: 0021377/MG

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