In a new interview, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has offered an update on the health of frontman James Hetfield, who re-entered rehab last month to address his struggle with addiction.
“He's doing what he needs to,” Lars tells USA Today. “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.”
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The band was forced to cancel dates on their WorldWired Tour in Australia and New Zealand, as Hetfield went off to seek the help he needed. The trek started back in October of 2016. James has previously had a highly publicized trip to rehab in 2004, with his issues being documented in the film Some Kind Of Monster.
“I think the biggest surprise is just how positive the feedback has been from our fans and friends and peers alike,” added 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.”
Last month Metallica marked the 20th anniversary of their S&M album with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra with a pair of concerts. The shows were filmed and will be coming to theaters across the country this week. You can find the location closest to you here.