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Danny Wimmer issues statement on Metallica’s cancelled Sonic Temple & Louder Than Life appearance

Posted by on February 24, 2020

 

While rumors have been spreading all morning, Metallica has officially announced they are unable to perform this year’s Sonic Temple and Louder Than Life festival. The group was initially scheduled to appear at all five Danny Wimmer presents festivals with full intention to perform two headlining sets. However, frontman James Hetfield needs more time to focus on his health as he addressed having two “critical recovery events on those weekends that cannot be moved.”  Danny Wimmer has shared the following statement on both Sonic Temple and Louder Than Life’s social media pages, stating:

 

“Of course, we are all disappointed that Metallica won’t be playing Sonic Temple. But really, when you stop and think about it, I am nothing but proud and supportive of James. Let’s be straight – we have lost a lot of great people recently including Chester, Chris, Keith and Scott. Something needs to change. As a rock community, we have to support those that are going to take a stand. And that is exactly what James is doing. He is changing his life’s direction to a better place and we should all find our own strength in honor of his courage.

When we learned about this, the DWP team went into overdrive to find amazing replacements for you. Honestly, given how close we are to Sonic Temple, I was worried about who would be available to play. I am inspired by how willing James’ peers have been to step up and support him. I am extremely grateful that both Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tool rearranged their schedules on short notice to fill in for Metallica at Sonic Temple. Both bands are excited to play Sonic Temple.

While I am disappointed that I will not get to see our original Metallica vision come to fruition, I am thrilled with the experience that you will be getting at Sonic Temple this year. We look forward to seeing you there.

– Danny Wimmer”

“Of course, we are all disappointed that Metallica won’t be playing Louder Than Life. But really, when you stop and think about it, I am nothing but proud and supportive of James. Let’s be straight – we have lost a lot of great people recently including Chester, Chris, Keith and Scott. Something needs to change. As a rock community, we have to support those that are going to take a stand. And that is exactly what James is doing. He is changing his life’s direction to a better place and we should all find our own strength in honor of his courage.

We are working furiously to find the best possible artists for Louder Than Life and will announce the full lineup soon. Thank you for your continued trust and support. I promise that Louder Than Life will be an incredible weekend.

– Danny Wimmer”

 

 

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