Metallica are being forced to postpone their upcoming Australia and New Zealand tour as frontman James Hetfield enters rehab.

The band have offered a lengthy statement about the issue and are offering fans refunds for tickets they've purchased.

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Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and Rob Trujillo penned a lengthy statement about Hetfield's addiction issues over the years on their website.

You can read the entire statement below.

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 understanding and support for James and, as always, thank you for being a part of our Metallica family.

All tickets purchased to the shows in Australia and New Zealand, including Enhanced Experiences and Black Tickets, will be fully refunded. More details on how to obtain your refund are below.


We wish Hetfield all the best as he goes down a difficult journey to recovery.

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