Metallica Cancel Headlining Slots As Hetfiield Writes Letter To Fans

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Metallica have called off their headlining shows at both Sonic Temple fest in Columbus, Ohio, this May and their Louder Than Life headlining set in Louisville this September.

The Metal Legends explained that their reason to pull the gigs was to support frontman James Hetfield in his recovery. The singer went into rehab last September. The full letter from Hetfield is below:

It pains me to write this, but I have to let all of you know that I cannot make it to Sonic Temple in Columbus and Louder Than Life in Louisville this year. As part of my continuing effort to get and stay healthy, I have critical recovery events on those weekends that cannot be moved.

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I apologize to all of our fans who have bought tickets for these festivals. We are working with the festival promoters to provide for refunds or exchanges. My intent with this statement is saying “I apologize” to each one of you. The reality is that I have not prioritized my health in the past year of touring and I now know that my mental health comes first.

That might sound like a no-brainer for most of you but I didn’t want to let the Metallica team/family down and, I alone, completely compromised myself. Looking on the brighter side, my therapy is going well. It was absolutely necessary for me to look after my mental, physical, and spiritual health.

I want to stress that the band will play all other announced 2020 shows.

I am looking forward to getting back to playing and seeing all our great South American fans in April. And, of course, playing the Epicenter in Charlotte, Welcome to Rockville in Daytona and Aftershock in Sacramento. We will still play two unique sets at each of these festivals.

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Beyond 2020, I am optimistic about the blessings I have been given and what the future brings. I appreciate all the great prayers and support from everyone since I went into rehab last September. Like the moth into the flame, being human in this career has its huge challenges and can be difficult. Your understanding helps the healing.

– James

Nova reported that last week, Hetfield appeared live for the first time since he went to recovery. The rocker played an intimate acoustic set at the Eddie Money tribute concert in Beverly Hills. Check that out here.

Spin reports that Metallica are due to appear at Epicenter (May 1 & 3), Welcome to Rockville (May 8 & 10) and Aftershock (October 9 & 11) as scheduled.