Metallica postpones tour as James Hetfield re-enters treatment

Ross Halfin

Metallica announced on Friday that it was postponing its planned tour of Australia and New Zealand, because front man James Hetfield continues to struggle with substance abuse issues.

In a statement on Twitter, the band wrote, "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," the band continued, addressing its fans Down Under. "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," the statement concluded. "We appreciate your understanding and support for James & thank you for being a part of our Metallica family."

All tickets purchased to the shows in Australia and New Zealand will be fully refunded.  The band has posted information explaining how to obtain the refunds.

James first entered rehab in the early 2000s.

The band was set to start the Australian leg of their tour on October 17.

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