Metallica's Lars Ulrich Shares Update on James Hetfield's Return to Rehab

"He's doing what he needs to; he's in the process of healing himself"
Metallica's Lars Ulrich Shares Update on James Hetfield's Return to Rehab
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Last month, Metallica decided to postpone several upcoming tour dates so that frontman James Hetfield could enter a treatment facility to work on his recovery from addiction. Now, the band's drummer Lars Ulrich has shared an update on Hetfield's status.

Speaking with USA Today, Ulrich said, "He's doing what he needs to; he's in the process of healing himself. 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."

Ultimately, Ulrich added that the response to the postponement has been more positive than he expected. 

"I think the biggest surprise is just how positive the feedback has been from our fans and friends and peers alike," he said. "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."

In related news, Metallica recently teased something with a countdown clock. It ended up being a tour of American music festivals in 2020.