UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — American rock band Metallica canceled upcoming concerts in New Zealand and Australia, as vocalist James Hetfield is in the hospital.
“We regret to inform our fans and friends that we are forced to postpone the upcoming tour to Australia and New Zealand. As many of you probably know, our brother James has been struggling with addiction for many years. He was forced to restart treatment,” says in a message from other band members posted on Metallica’s Twitter account.
Metallica members said they regretted causing inconvenience to their fans and promised to return money for the tickets they purchased.
The group was supposed to perform in five cities of Australia from October 17 to 29 and then will go to New Zealand.
Metallica has existed since 1981, it was founded by vocalist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, who coined the name for the band.
Their music is considered a classic thrash metal, which had a significant impact on the development of this genre.
Over the years, Metallica has released ten studio albums, more than once receiving platinum status, and has repeatedly become the winner of prestigious awards, including Grammy.
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