With less than three months until showtime, Sonic Temple has announced some major shakeups to the lineup.
Metallica has regretfully cancelled their headline performances at the rock and roll music festival, scheduled for May 15 and May 17.
“With a heavy heart, we write to inform you that due to the health and recovery efforts of James Hetfield, Metallica has to cancel their headlining performances,” wrote Sonic Temple in a release.
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“As part of my continuing effort to get and stay healthy, I have critical recovery events on those weekends that cannot be moved,” wrote Hetfield in a statement.
In lieu of Metallica, Sonic Temple has booked Red Hot Chili Peppers to headline Friday, May 15, and Tool to headline Sunday, May 17. As scheduled, Slipknot will headline Saturday, May 16.
Lead singer Hetfield entered into rehab last September, and is optimistic about what the future will bring, he said.
“Like the moth into the flame, being human in this career has its huge challenges and can be difficult,” Hetfield wrote. “Your understanding helps the healing.”
Click here to read Hetfield’s statement.