Metallica has regretfully had to cancel their headline performances at Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival and Louder Than Life in Louisville, KY to allow singer James Hetfield to continue his road to recovery.

Bad news metal fans. James Hetfield and the rest of Metallica has pulled out of Sonic Temple Art music Festival and Louder than Life so James Hetfield can concentrate on his health. As some of you may have been bummed and some were bitching about it., We have to realize, they do this day in and day out all over the globe in different time zones which can get tricky. Once you sign that contract, you are committed to that contract. We wake up and go to our jobs and come home to our families, they get up go tp the venue, sound check, practice, write etc. every day. they may not get to see their families for weeks even months on end. it takes a toll on them. I am totally with the band for giving James the time he needs to heal and get his health back in tip top form. here is a note james wrote on their website.

A Note from James
Dear Metallica Family,

It pains me to write this, but I have to let all of you know that I cannot make it to Sonic Temple in Columbus and Louder Than Life 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 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