Metallic frontman James Hetfield has entered rehab causing the band to cancel multiple shows on their upcoming tour in Australia and New Zealand. Though the band says the shows are postponed rather than canceled, they are honoring all refund requests. The tour was supposed to begin in mid-October and go through November.

“Our brother James has been struggling with addiction on and off for many year,” the band said in a statement. “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.”

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Three of the heavy metal band’s members posted a statement on Twitter Friday announcing the decision and apologizing to fans. The statement by drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Rob Trujillo says anyone who purchased tickets for the remaining show dates will receive automatic refunds.

 

As for other upcoming shows there has been no comment whether or not Metallica will perform. They currently have a benefit concert scheduled for March 28, 2020 in San Francisco, and a run of shows throughout Chile, Argentina and Brazil in April 2020.