Metallica update

February 24, 2020
James Hetfield

USA TODAY - Michelle Pemberton


Today, James Hetfield announced that he and Metallica will be pulling out of 2 of the shows this year in the Danny Wimmer Presents Festival Lineup. 

The shows that Metallica will no longer be headlining are Sonic Temple in Columbus and Louder Than Life in Louisville. In their place, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be playing the Sonic Temple show. The headliner for Louder Than Life will be released at a later date. 

Metallica is still set to play AFTERSHOCK 2020 at Discovery Park. 

Here is a statement from Hetfield:
"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."