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 […]