Sad news for Metallica fans today, as the band have released a statement announcing that they have to postpone their upcoming Australian tour.
“We are truly sorry to inform our fans and friends that we must postpone our upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand,” a statement reads on the band’s Facebook.
The band cited frontman James Hetfield’s ongoing struggles with addiction and his re-entering into a treatment facility as the reason for the postponement.
“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,” the statement reads.
“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.”
The tour, which had Slipknot on board as support, was scheduled to kick off next month. The band promise that all tickets will be fully refunded.
Read the full statement and find out refund details below. We wish James a speedy recovery.