Metallica has pulled out of the Sonic Temple and Louder Than Life festivals.
James Hetfield released a statement with details about the news.
He said, "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."
He added, "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."
According the statement, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and TOOL have offered to step in for Metallica at Sonic Temple. Louder Than Life headliners will be announced at a later date.
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