Metallica announced they have canceled two summer festival tour dates as part of lead vocalist James Hetfield‘s “continuing effort to get and stay healthy.”
In a note posted on the heavy metal band’s website, Hetfield said he cannot make it to Sonic Temple in Columbus and Louder Than Life in Louisville this year.
The guitarist says he has “critical recovery events on those weekends that cannot be moved.”
“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,” Hetfield added.
He stressed that the band will play all other announced 2020 shows.
Hetfield said he is looking forward to getting back to playing and seeing all the great South American fans in April.
“And, of course, playing Epicenter in Charlotte, Welcome to Rockville in Daytona and Aftershock in Sacramento,” he said.
He concludes the note with a philosophical statement, saying, “Like the moth into the flame, being human in this career has its huge challenges and can be difficult. Your understanding helps the healing”.
Hetfield said Metallica is working with the festival promoters to provide refunds or exchanges for the canceled shows.
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