Metallica cancels ‘Louder Than Life’ festival appearance

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METALLICA’S JAMES HETFIELD CANCELS TWO FESTIVAL APPEARANCES

NEW YORK (AP) – Singer James Hetfield says he’s dropping out of two Metallica gigs because he needs to prioritize his mental health.

Hetfield says in a statement Metallica will not play the Sonic Temple festival in Columbus, Ohio, in May nor the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky, in September.

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Hetfield says he has “critical recovery events” on those weekends that he can’t reschedule. Hetfield went to rehab last September. He says Metallica will play all their other scheduled gigs.

METALLICA’S JAMES HETFIELD CANCELS TWO FESTIVAL APPEARANCES