Metallica fans are not getting immediate refunds after James Hetfield getting COVID led to a show getting canceled.
Metallica recently decided to push back its previously announced September 3 concert in Glendale, Arizona to September 9 after frontman James Hetfield tested positive for the virus owing to the pandemic.
The band was set to perform at State Farm Stadium as part of its two-night shows for the “M72” world tour. Hetfield and his bandmates had just played for tens of thousands of fans in Glendale on Friday night (September 1).
Metallica shared a photo of James’s positive test and released the following statement: “We’re very sorry to report that tomorrow’s scheduled ‘M72’ date at State Farm Stadium has been postponed to Saturday, September 9, 2023, as unfortunately Covid has caught up with James. We’re extremely disappointed and regret any inconvenience this has caused for you; we look forward to returning to complete the ‘M72’ No Repeat Weekend in Glendale next Saturday.
“All tickets for September 3 will be honored at the September 9 show. For more information, including refund details if you cannot join next weekend, please visit SeatGeek.com. Keep your eyes on Metallica.com and our socials for additional details and updates.
“PS: All M72 Weekend Takeover events scheduled for today and tomorrow (9/2 and 9/3) are still happening.”
The band played an abbreviated set on Friday in Glendale, apparently due to Hetfield’s “vocal issues”.
The “M72” tour features a bold new in-the-round stage design that relocates the famed Metallica Snake Pit to center stage. The band is visiting a total of 22 different cities around the world and playing two nights in each city.