Metallica postpone tour as James Hetfield enters rehab

Metallica frontman James Hetfield has entered a treatment program for addiction, forcing the band to postpone their upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand. The metal icon famously struggled with alcohol abuse throughout the band’s career but entered rehab in the early 2000s, and was sober for many years. Unfortunately, the band divulged this evening (September 27th) that Hetfield has relapsed. The rest of Metallica — Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo — issued the following statement via the band’s official website: 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 often travel great distances to experience our shows. We appreciate your […]

Summer Slaughter 2019 lineup features Cattle Decapitation, Carnifex, The Faceless, and more

The Summer Slaughter tour, billed as the “most extreme tour of the year,” has announced its 2019 lineup and tour dates, featuring a triple headlining bill of Cattle Decapitation, Carnifex, and The Faceless. Rivers of Nihil, Nekrogoblikon, Lorna Shore, and Brand of Sacrifice will support, along with the winner of Headbang for the Highway contest. The tour begins July 20th in Denver, running through August 14th, ending in Los Angeles. Cattle Decapitation also gave an update on the progress their new record, due out on Metal Blade Records later this year. “We are in the studio right now recording the follow-up to The Anthropocene Extinction,” frontman Travis Ryan said in a video message from the band. “We’ll be playing a few new songs on this tour, so we’ll see you there.” Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, and the full itinerary is below. Summer Slaughter Tour 2019 Dates:07/20 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall07/21 – Lincoln, NE @ Royal Grove07/22 – Iowa City, IA @ Wildwood07/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze07/24 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge07/25 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom07/26 – Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater07/27 – Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL Festival07/29 – Cleveland, OH […]