As a result, the band announced that it is postponing its upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand.
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The band says lead singer James Hetfield has re-entered a treatment program for "an addiction." And that It's something he's struggled with on and off for years.
The band is promising to make its way back down under as soon as Hetfield's heath improves-- and their schedule permits.
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All tickets will be refunded.
A Note from Lars, Kirk, and Rob— Metallica (@Metallica) September 28, 2019
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.— Metallica (@Metallica) September 28, 2019
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.— Metallica (@Metallica) September 28, 2019
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 & thank you for being a part of our Metallica family.— Metallica (@Metallica) September 28, 2019
All tickets purchased to the shows in Australia and New Zealand, including Enhanced Experiences and Black Tickets, will be fully refunded.— Metallica (@Metallica) September 28, 2019