HUGE NEWS for the metal community in Australia with Metallica announcing the postponement of their Australian Worldwired Tour due to frontman James Hetfield‘s relapsing addiction. The band released a statement about the news stating:
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.
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:
We wish James the best with his recovery and are thinking of his family and bandmates during this time. We’ll have more for you as soon as we get word…
Slipknot have released a statement too and suddenly our prediction about them headlining Download Festival 2020 doesn’t look so impossible…
To our Australian and New Zealand fans and family,
We only recently heard the news about the tour being postponed, and…
We’ll keep you posted on more…