Metallica will no longer headline Sonic Temple and Louder Than Life.
The band announced that they have canceled these performances to allow singer James Hetfield to continue his recovery process. They’re still scheduled to appear at Danny Wimmer Presents festivals Epicenter, Welcome to Rockville, and Aftershock.
Taking over the headlining slot for Sonic Temple is Tool and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Hetfield released the following statement about the canceled shows:
Dear Metallica Family,
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 apologize 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 apologize” to each one of you. The reality is that I have not prioritized 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.
Read the full statement here.
Last week, Hetfield performed live at the Eddie Money tribute concert, marking his first performance following his rehab stint.