Bandmate Lars Ulrich shares an update on the recovery of Metallica frontman James Hetfield after he once again entered himself into rehab. Last month, the band announced the cancellation of a run of tour dates so that Hetfield could go back to a facility to deal with his “struggles with addiction.”

Ulrich shared an update on Hetfield progress with USA Today: “He’s doing what he needs to; he’s in the process of healing himself. I feel bad for everybody down in Australia and New Zealand, but we’re excited to get back to full force and come back stronger and healthier than ever… Along the way, there’s obviously an occasional bump in the road. But it’s been an incredible ride, and we’re looking forward to getting back down there, hopefully next year.”

Ulrich went on to say how he thinks “the biggest surprise is just how positive the feedback has been from our fans and friends and peers alike.”

“It’s very heartwarming, and it’s just blown our minds how much love and appreciation and support we’ve gotten in the last week since we had to postpone this. It’s an incredible thing.”

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Last month it was announced by the band on social media saying “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.”

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