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Heavy metal icons Metallica cancel Australia, New Zealand tour as Hetfield enters rehab

By Will Ziebell

 

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FILE PHOTO: James Hetfield of Metallica performs on the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset, during the Glastonbury Festival June 28, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton/File Photo

 

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - American heavy metal band Metallica has canceled its upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand, saying that lead singer and guitarist James Hetfield has been admitted into an addiction treatment programme.

 

Hetfield's fellow band members, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo, issued a joint statement on the band's Instagram account stating they were "devastated" by the decision.

 

"We fully intend to make our way to your part of the world as soon as health and schedule permit," the statement said.

 

Metallica were due to play their first Australian show on Oct. 17. The band's Australian touring company, Live Nation, said tickets to the shows would be refunded and alternative tour dates were being discussed.

 

(Reporting by Will Ziebell; Editing by Kim Coghill)

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-09-28
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He is rich beyond his wildest dreams, time to hang up his guitar and step out of spotlight , he clearly can no longer handle the pressure

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1 hour ago, madmen said:

He is rich beyond his wildest dreams, time to hang up his guitar and step out of spotlight , he clearly can no longer handle the pressure

James has been struggling with addiction on and off for many years. First time he entered rehab was about 30 years ago. Maybe he should have hung it up then? 🙉

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On 9/28/2019 at 1:04 PM, johng said:

I stopped buying their stuff after "Napster"

Would you sing the same song if people on Napster would’ve stolen from you? 

 

They protected their property and rightfully so! 

 

 

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4 hours ago, mickey rat said:

James has been struggling with addiction on and off for many years. First time he entered rehab was about 30 years ago. Maybe he should have hung it up then? 🙉

Yes if its driving him mad. Just think about the fans that have booked non refundable flights and hotels and his band mates that have to drop their plans just because of one crack head. Time to give it up before he joins the long list of dead performers!

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... absorbing too much heavy metal over an extended period certainly has it's drawbacks

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On 9/28/2019 at 12:14 PM, White Christmas13 said:

You mean the stuff he is on?

No. Napster was the first P2P downloading platform back in the 90s. The guy in this story is probably addicted to Smack. There is no such drug as napster.

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On 9/29/2019 at 12:28 PM, sanemax said:

You do not "struggle" with addiction , you enjoy it .

If he didnt enjoy it, he wouldnt do it 

Speaking from your personal experience of Narcotics addiction?

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32 minutes ago, sunnyboy2018 said:

Speaking from your personal experience of Narcotics addiction?

No, I've never actually taken any hard drugs at all. not even once .

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On 9/28/2019 at 6:04 PM, johng said:

I stopped buying their stuff after "Napster"

You weren't missing anything. St. Anger? The drumming is way too high in the mix and sounds like someone building a shed...

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On 9/29/2019 at 6:23 PM, pacovl46 said:

Would you sing the same song if people on Napster would’ve stolen from you? 

 

They protected their property and rightfully so! 

 

 

But Rock and Roll is all about socking it to The Man. The day you join him is the day you no longer have the moral right to play the music.

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