Metallica was scheduled to tour in Australia and New Zealand this fall, but on Friday (Sept. 27), the band announced they will be postponing the run as lead vocalist James Hetfield seeks treatment.
"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 wrote in a statement on Twitter.
"We fully intend to make our way to your part of the world as soon as health and schedule permit. We’ll let you know as soon as we can," they continued. "Once again, we are devastated that we have inconvenienced so many of you, especially our most loyal fans who travel great distances to experience our shows. We appreciate your understanding and support for James & thank you for being a part of our Metallica family."