Metallica's Lars Ulrich shares update on James Hetfield and potential NZ show in 2020

Metallica 15/10/2019

Metallica's Lars Ulrich has shared and update on fellow bandmate James Hetfield after he recently entered rehab.

Last month, Metallica cancelled the Australian and New Zealand tour dates of the WorldWired tour so Hetfield could deal with his “struggles with addiction.” Now Ulrich has shared a promising update on Hetfield's progress and even a potential date for the band to play again in New Zealand with USA Today.

"He's doing what he needs to; he's in the process of healing himself," he said.

I feel bad for everybody down in Australia and New Zealand, but we're excited to get back to full force and come back stronger and healthier than ever.

"Along the way, there's obviously an occasional bump in the road."

But it's been an incredible ride, and we're looking forward to getting back down there, hopefully next year.

Ulrich also shared his surprise at the reaction from fans after Hetfield entered rehab.

I think the biggest surprise is just how positive the feedback has been from our fans and friends and peers alike," said Ulrich. "It's very heartwarming, and it's just blown our minds how much love and appreciation and support we've gotten in the last week since we had to postpone this. It's an incredible thing." 

All the best James! We hope to see you and the band in New Zealand soon.

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