Metallica has been forced to reschedule its February 5 concert in Copenhagen, Denmark. The show has been postponed until September 2 after the band’s frontman, James Hetfield, was given “strict doctor’s orders to not sing one single note.”
Tickets for the original date will be honored for the rescheduled performance.
Metallica was forced to play an abbreviated set Friday night (February 3) at the first of four scheduled shows at the Royal Arena after Hetfield complained times during the show about being ill, even asking the audience at one point whether they thought Metallica should continue with the performance.
Earlier today, Metallica released the following statement regarding Hetfield’s condition and status of the remaining Copenhagen shows:
Assuming that Hetfield regains his voice in the next couple of days, Metallica will play two more shows at the Royal Arena this month — on February 5, February 7 and February 9 — before performing at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on February 12, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony will be televised at 8:00 p.m. on CBS.
The band is nominated this year in the “Best Rock Song” category for the track “Hardwired”.
The group has plans to hit the rest of Europe, South America and North America in the months ahead, including its first proper U.S. trek in eight years.