miércoles 26 Feb, 2020
Mediante un comunicado en sus redes oficiales, Metallica comunicó la cancelación de dos shows por un nuevo ingreso de James Hetfield a rehabilitación. El cantante, de 53 años, escribió una carta para la “familia Metallica” donde asegura que en la última gira “no prioricé mi salud” y “ahora sé que lo primero es mi estado mental”.
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Dear Metallica Family, ・・・ It pains me to write this, but I have to let all of you know that I cannot make it to @SonicTempleFestival in Columbus and @LouderThanLifeFest 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. ・・・ I want to stress that the band will play all other announced 2020 shows. ・・・ I am looking forward to getting back to playing and seeing all our great South American fans in April. And, of course, playing the Epicenter in Charlotte, Welcome to Rockville, in Daytona and Aftershock in Sacramento. We will still play two unique sets at each of these festivals. ・・・ Beyond 2020, I am optimistic about the blessings I have been given and what the future brings. I appreciate all the great prayers and support from everyone since I went into rehab last September. Like the moth into the flame, being human in this career has its huge challenges and can be difficult. Your understanding helps the healing. ・・・ – James
Vale destacar que en septiembre de 2019, Hetfield había anunciado la suspensión de ocho recitales del WorldWired Tour por Australia y Nueva Zelanda. Con este comunicado, se agregan las fechas de mayo en Columbus y septiembre en Louisville. Al parecer, la gira sudamericana que los traerá al país el próximo 18 de abril en el Campo Argentino de Polo sigue en pie. La banda telonera será Greta Van Fleet y las entradas están agotadas.