Some of the biggest names in rock have sent messages of suport to James Hetfield after it was announced he re-entered rehab last week.
Black Sabbath guitarist, Tony Iommi, offered words of support to Hetfield on Twitter writing: “My best out to James Hetfield.”
You’ve done the right thing seeking help — I’m thinking of you, my friend, and wishing you all the very best on your recovery.
Iommi isn't the only high profile figure from the rock community to send their support. Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe also shared how Hetfield helped him get sober while on tour, and ultimately, save his life. He posted this message on his Instagram page.
"I got sober while we were on tour with Metallica almost 9 years ago. The first day of that run, one of my crew guys came to me and said “Hey, Hetfield’s looking for you”- we had been touring with them in the States & Europe for over a year and I was just RAGING, especially in Europe, but inside I was MISERABLE. He knew I had been trying to quit drinking, it wasn’t working for me anymore, & it all came to an end in Australia. A HUGE FACTOR in my willingness & ability to get sober while on fucking heavy metal tour was the fact that I had James & some of his crew who were also sober to talk to - I didn’t have to do it alone.
James & crew babied me through my first month of sobriety out there on the road - it was a heavy trip. I couldn’t have done it without them. When I saw the news about James today, I hurt so bad inside for him, because he was there for me when I was in such bad shape - I know how dark it can get. But it was also a very strong reminder for me of what I am, & what waits for me if I fuck up & forget I am alcoholic. If you’re an alcoholic, NO ONE IS IMMUNE, no matter how long you have been sober. James is in the right place right now, though, & as he has gone there of his own volition, it sounds like to me he wants sobriety back - and that is the key to it all, you have to want it. So my thoughts & prayers are with him - I love that dude. He literally helped SAVE MY LIFE."
Metallica announced their 2019 Australia and New Zealand would be postponed when it was revealed James had re-entered rehab. Fellow band members Lars, Kirk and Rob also shared this message:
"We are truly sorry to inform our fans and friends that we must postpone our upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand.
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.
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.
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.”
All tickets purchased to the shows in Australia and New Zealand, including Enhanced Experiences and Black Tickets, will be fully refunded.
More details on how to obtain your refund are available here.