James Hetfield, 56, has been open about his addiction and alcoholism. His struggles were detailed in the 2004 documentary film “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster,” where Hetfield left the band to enter rehab in 2001.
Metallica is postponing their upcoming tour to Australia and New Zealand so lead singer James Hetfield can re-enter a treatment program for addiction.
The heavy metal legends made the announcement Friday in an open letter from band members Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo on their official website.
“As most of you probably know, our brother James has been struggling with addiction on and off for many years. He has now, unfortunately, had to re-enter a treatment program to work on his recovery again,” the group said in a statement that was shared on Twitter.
They continued: “We are truly sorry to inform our fans and friends that we must postpone our upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand.”
“We’ll let you know as soon as we can,” the statement continued. “Once again, we are devastated that we have inconvenienced so many of you, especially our most loyal fans who often travel great distances to experience our shows. We appreciate your understanding and support for James and, as always, thank you for being a part of our Metallica family.”
Hetfield, 56, has been open about his addiction and alcoholism. His struggles were detailed in the 2004 documentary film “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster,” where Hetfield left the band to enter rehab in 2001.
In 2016, during an appearance on “Joe Rogan Experience,” the frontman said “fear was a big motivator” in inspiring him to get clean. At that time, he said he was sober for 15 years.
“Losing my family, that was the thing that scared me so much, that was the bottom I hit, that my family is going to go away because of my behaviors that I brought home from the road,” he said. “I got kicked out of my house by my wife, I was living on my own somewhere, I did not want that. Maybe as part of my upbringing, my family kind of disintegrated when I was a kid. Father left, mother passed away, had to live with my brother, and then kind of just, where did my stuff go? It just kind of floated away, and I do not want that happening. No matter what’s going on, we’re going to talk this stuff out, and make it work.”
Hetfield has been married to wife Francesca Tomasi since 1997. The couple share three children – daughter Cali Tee, 21, son Castor Virgil, 19, and Marcella Francesca, 17.
“My kids know my story. My kids know my struggle and they respect me in a different way,” he told host Joe Rogan. “They help me and I realized there is help in a loving way.”
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