Metallica Cancels Australian & New Zealand Tour as James Hetfield Enters Rehab

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The Statement:
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.

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Metallica by Ken Pierce (2009)

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.

Enhanced Experience & Black Tickets

The Tour Dates:
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

PiercingMetal Thoughts: As I said I really don’t like reporting stories or circumstances such as this but let’s hope that in time James is able to get the proper help that he needs to overcome his struggles with addiction. We wish him the absolute best during this trying time and are sure that his worldwide fans are rallying behind him every step of the way. Good luck James, get back to rocking as soon as you can. That’s all I have to say on this matter.

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