James Hetfield returns to rehab and Metallica postpones several shows of the WorldWired tour
One of the most world heavyweight metal band Metallica announced this week that they had to cancel several shows in Australia and New Zealand because the band's lead guitarist and singer James Hetfield returns to rehab.
James Hetfield has been struggling with alcohol addiction for years and his first attempt was in 2001 when the band was recording their eighth album “St. Anger.” In his interviews Hetfield said that rehab “really worked” and Hetfield noting that he had been sober for 15 years.
Describing the experience, he said it involved “basically tearing you down to bones, ripping your life apart, anything you thought about yourself or what it was, anything you thought you had, your family, your career, your anything ― gone. Strip you down to just, ‘Ok, you’re born ... Let’s get back to that again.’”
The rest members of the band, drummer Lars Ulrich, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Rob Trujilio made a statement saying that they are “truly sorry” for the postponed shows and assured that they would be back on the track right after James’ recovery.
Here is the statement:
“We’re very disappointed to have to share with you that unfortunately as Saturday has progressed, James’ health, and specifically his throat, is not improving and he is under strict doctor’s orders to not sing one single note. So sadly we have to report that we will be postponing tomorrow’s show at the Royal Arena until September 2, 2017.
“Our week here in Copenhagen is something we have had circled on the calendar for a very long time as a special event not only for our friends in Denmark but also for us and we were really looking forward to celebrating the new arena with you. To those of you who were there yesterday, we appreciate you encouraging us to carry on . . . that meant the world to us! We all felt really bummed that we were unable to give you the maximum Metallica experience; it was one of the most challenging shows we’ve ever played, but your love and support got us through.
“We know that many of you made travel plans to spend the weekend with us and we are very sorry for any inconvenience this will cause. We hope that you will be able to come back to Copenhagen in September and we’ll do our best to make it up to everyone with something unique for you at the make-up gig, along with a kick ass show of course! And to Aphyxion, the band who won your votes to be Sunday’s opening act, we hope you’re available in September.
“Thank you again for all the support and care you’ve always shown us in Denmark. We will be back!”
The band admitted it was “devastated that we have inconvenienced so many of you, especially our most loyal fans who often travel great distances to experience our shows.”
“PS: We are monitoring James’ voice on a day-to-day basis so watch this space for updates.”
All tickets for the eight-show WorldWired tour, which was set to kick off on Oct. 17, will be fully refunded.