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Best Wishes to James Hetfield of Metallica as He Heads Back to Rehab for ‘Addiction’

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Heavy metal music usually operates within a veneer of toughness and resilience — and the story of Metallica is no different. For decades, the thrash/metal band has been especially open regarding the real-world existences of its members, specifically James Hetfield.

It was announced over the weekend that James, 56, has unfortunately been forced to re-enter a rehab clinic for his addiction issues, something he’s dealt with for a long time. The band made the announcement themselves, along with an apologetic letter about having to postpone some scheduled tour dates:

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.

Hetfield’s battles with addiction and alcoholism have long been a topic of conversation around Metallica, as he’s been more and more revealing as time has gone on.

The 2004 documentary Some Kind of Monster, chronicling the band’s inner tension and its work on the album St. Anger, also devoted a chunk of its running time to this topic.

 

Needless to say, an iconic musician of James Hetfield going back to rehab elicited warm messages of support from some of Metallica’s friend and peers in the business, including original Metallica bassist Ron McGovney:

Slipknot, which was scheduled to play with Metallica for some of the postponed dates, also sent along well-wishes:

Addiction is a beast of a personal issue to deal with, so continued best wishes go out to James Hetfield and the Metallica community at this time.

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