Lars Ulrich Gives An Update On James Hetfield's Rehab
Lars Ulrich Addresses James Hetfield Rehab & When Metallica Might Reschedule Canceled Australian Dates
“He’s doing what he needs to; he’s in the process of healing himself,” the drummer says about the frontman.
During a conversation with USA Today, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich talked about frontman James Hetfield recently re-entering rehab, forcing the band to cancel its tour dates of Australia and New Zealand.
Asked on how James is doing, the musician replied:
“He’s doing what he needs to; 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.“
James has been vocal about his struggles with addiction and sobriety, through the years. Were you surprised when he told you about his decision to return, or how did you react?
“I don’t have anything more to add – we put out a statement a week ago. I think the biggest surprise is just how positive the feedback has been from our fans and friends and peers alike.
“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.”
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