METALLICA Cancel Two Upcoming Festival Appearances
It was revealed that METALLICA has cancelled two of their upcoming festival appearances last week. The reason for the cancellations have now come to light and according to one of the festival organizers, Gary Spivack who talked to Ultimate Guitar, it had to do with singer JAMES HETFIELD’s “mandatory sobriety weekends.” He would tell the publication:
“Well, we got the call from METALLICA’s management team, Q Prime, who are, the best managers in the business, hands down, and said that James has Sobriety Weekends that are requirement weekend that are throughout the calendar year, and unfortunately, a couple of those weekends fell on our festivals.”
For those who don’t know, sobriety weekends see rehab patients going back into their program to continue to help them stay clean.
James Hetfield also commented through a statement on the Metallica website that he had “critical recovery events.” that conflict with the Sonic Temple and Louder Than Life Festival that the band were originally scheduled to play. The events could not be rescheduled, hence the band cancelled their appearances at those shows.
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Hetfield’s would release a statement that read
“It pains me to write this, but I have to let all of you know that 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 apologise 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.
“My intent with this statement is saying “I apologise” to each one of you. The reality is that I have not prioritised 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.
“I want to stress that the band will play all other announced 2020 shows.
“I am looking forward to getting back to playing and seeing all our great South American fans in April. And, of course, playing Epicenter in Charlotte, Welcome to Rockville in Daytona and Aftershock in Sacramento. We will still play two unique sets at each of these festivals.
“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.”
It was recently revealed that alternative rock bands TOOL and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS will fill in for METALLICA at the Sonic Temple Festival. The Louder Than Life Festival headliner has yet to be announced. METALLICA’s other announced shows are still going to go off as planned.