James Hetfield’s Recovery Axes Two Festival Appearances

Photo Credit: Erick Lopez / PR PhotosMetallica have pulled out of two of their festival gigs because of James Hetfield‘s recovery post-rehab.

Hetfield posted a note on the band’s website Monday afternoon that says, “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. 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.”

Tool and Red Hot Chili Peppers will fill in the band’s two headline slots at Sonic Temple the weekend of May 15th. A fill-in headliner for Louder Than Life in September will be announced soon. Fans can get refunds for both festivals or exchange their passes for a festival Metallica is playing this year. The group will still perform at Epicenter in Charlotte, Welcome to Rockville in Daytona, Aftershock in Sacramento and all their other dates.

Hetfield adds, “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.”

But he is looking forward. “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.”

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