Metallica frontman James Hetfield under doctor’s orders not to sing one single note

Metallica frontman James Hetfield under doctor’s orders not to sing one single note

Bad news for Metallica fans who have tickets to see the thrash metal legends play at Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark on February 5, 2017 as Metallica frontman James Hetfield is under strict doctor’s orders not to sing one single note due to throat issues.

The following message was posted on Metallica‘s website today:

“We’re very disappointed to have to share with you that unfortunately as Saturday has progressed, James’ health, and specifically his throat, is not improving and he is under strict doctor’s orders to not sing one single note. So sadly we have to report that we will be postponing tomorrow’s show at the Royal Arena until September 2, 2017.

Our week here in Copenhagen is something we have had circled on the calendar for a very long time as a special event not only for our friends in Denmark but also for us and we were really looking forward to celebrating the new arena with you. To those of you who were there yesterday, we appreciate you encouraging us to carry on . . . that meant the world to us! We all felt really bummed that we were unable to give you the maximum Metallica experience; it was one of the most challenging shows we’ve ever played, but your love and support got us through.

We know that many of you made travel plans to spend the weekend with us and we are very sorry for any inconvenience this will cause. We hope that you will be able to come back to Copenhagen in September and we’ll do our best to make it up to everyone with something unique for you at the make-up gig, along with a kick ass show of course! And to Aphyxion, the band who won your votes to be Sunday’s opening act, we hope you’re available in September.

Thank you again for all the support and care you’ve always shown us in Denmark. We will be back!

The technicalities: Tickets purchased for the show on February 5th will be valid for the rescheduled show on September 2nd.

If you have already traveled to Denmark and are able to attend either of the shows on February 7th or 9th, please contact Ticketmaster Denmark, who will do their best to help with replacement tickets for one of these shows although they are very limited. If you are not able to attend the rescheduled date on September 2nd, please contact them before March 1st for a refund of your tickets. Phone: + 45 7015 6565 or by email

A refund will only apply to the original buyer of the tickets, and you will need to verify your ownership of the tickets by providing Ticketmaster with the last 4 digits of your credit card number. Face value will be refunded but not service fees.

PS: We are monitoring James’ voice on a day-to-day basis so watch this space for updates.”

Sleaze Roxx stated the following in its review of Metallica‘s latest studio album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct: “Past and present unite and thus Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is not Metallica‘s comeback album (which will never happen), nor is it a disposable piece of music. If you expected the former, don’t even bother. If on the other hand, you are alright with Metallica having a totally different sound than in the late ’80s and early ’90s, you enjoyed Death Magnetic, and you are ready for a similar yet somewhat better album — inconsistent as it is — you’ll enjoy listening to, dissecting, and discussing Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.”