Earlier this morning we were hesitant to report a potential rumor that Metallica have allegedly dropped off of this year’s Sonic Temple Festival. Metal Insider contributor Sean Matthews alerted us at the crack of dawn this morning revealing that there have been multiple reports on the uncertainty on which Danny Wimmer Presents festivals the group will headline. Back in October 2019 while James Hetfield’s rehab status remained private, the group had a major announcement as they were promised to play two headlining sets at all five of the Danny Wimmer Presents Festivals: Epicenter, Sonic Temple, Aftershock, Welcome to Rockville, and Louder than Life. Earlier this morning, it looks as though one of these appearances could be no longer as The Red Hot Chili Peppers briefly shared an announcement via social media that they were scheduled to headline Sonic Temple on May 15th and Tool were featured on the flyer. We waited until the news was made official and sadly, Metallica have dropped off from performing at this year’s Sonic Temple and Louder Than Life Festival. As of now, the group are still scheduled to appear at Epicenter, Aftershock and Welcome to Rockville.
Sonic Temple shared the updated flyer:
However, despite the recent public appearances, James Hetfield needs more time to fully recover.
Metallica issued the following statement along with full intention to appear at three out of the five festivals:
“Dear Metallica Family,
It pains me to write this, but I have to let all of you know that I cannot make it to Sonic Temple in Columbus and Louder Than Life in Louisville this year. As part of my continuing effort to get and stay healthy, I have critical recovery events on those weekends that cannot be moved. I apologize to all of our fans who have bought tickets for these festivals. We are working with the festival promoters to provide for refunds or exchanges.
My intent with this statement is saying “I apologize” to each one of you. The reality is that I have not prioritized my health in the past year of touring and I now know that my mental health comes first. That might sound like a no-brainer for most of you but I didn’t want to let the Metallica team/family down and, I alone completely compromised myself.
Looking on the brighter side, my therapy is going well. It was absolutely necessary for me to look after my mental, physical, and spiritual health.
I want to stress that the band will play all other announced 2020 shows.
I am looking forward to getting back to playing and seeing all our great South American fans in April. And, of course, playing the Epicenter in Charlotte, Welcome To Rockville, in Daytona and Aftershock Festival in Sacramento. We will still play two unique sets at each of these festivals.
Beyond 2020, I am optimistic about the blessings I have been given and what the future brings. I appreciate all the great prayers and support from everyone since I went into rehab last September. Like the moth into the flame, being human in this career has its huge challenges and can be difficult. Your understanding helps the healing.