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Metallica will postpone upcoming tour so James Hetfield can return to rehab

It has been announced that Metallica will be postponing their upcoming tour so that lead singer James Hetfield can attend a rehab clinic for his battle with addiction. The announcement was made yesterday via the band’s social media platforms.

“Our brother James has been struggling with addiction on and off for many years”

“We are truly sorry to inform our fans and friends that we must postpone our upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand,” Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Rob Trujillo said in a statement.

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“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.”

The tour was set to start on October 17th in Perth, Australia and conclude November 2nd in Auckland, New Zealand. Metallica confirmed that although the tour has been postponed that ticket holders are able to get refunds at point of sale.

See the band’s announcement below: