Metallica surprised fans today (September 27th) with the news that they would be postponing their highly anticipated tour of Australia and New Zealand, scheduled to kick off in October, with Slipknot serving as the main support. In a message posted to social media under the header "A Note from Lars, Kirk, and Rob," the band revealed that dates were being pushed back due to singer-guitarist James Hetfield re-entering a treatment program for addiction.
"As most of you probably know, our brother James has been struggling with addiction on and off for many years," the message explained. "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 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 statement, which you can read in full below, also included links for fans who had purchased tickets to get full refunds. Find those below:
Enhanced Experience & Black Tickets: