The last few weeks have been some of the most interesting in the rock and metal world. Take last week's story, for example, when Vancouver woman Dee Gallant was being stalked by a cougar and played Metallica's "Don't Tread on Me" to scare it off. The story now has a second happy ending — James Hetfield paid her a phone call and she got to thank him herself.
After her brave story made headlines all over the Internet, Gallant unexpectedly received a call from a liaison for Metallica, giving her a heads up that the band would be contacting her. When she got the next call, it was none other than Papa Het himself.
"It's surreal how quickly it happened and how far it's gone. The fact that he's so down to earth and such a great person, I'm very pleased to find that out first-hand," she told Vancouver's CTV News. Gallant and the frontman spoke about their houses, pets and the story about the cougar that was trailing her.
Late last month, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and The Wedding Band played a set at Cosmo Music in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
Hammett, who is joined in the covers group by his Metallica bandmate Robert Trujillo, along with Ugly Kid Joe frontman Whitfield Cane and drummer Joey Castillo, was in Canada to promote his It’s Alive! Classic Horror And Sci-Fi Art Exhibition, which is currently being held at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum.
Cosmo Music have now released video footage of The Wedding Band playing Black Sabbath classic War Pigs, with the clip also showing fans meeting Hammett.
In this photo, Jessica appeared in a hot blue bikini while lying on the side of the jacuzzi. When we look at the photo, we can notice how enjoyable she is. Also, she didn’t share any detail about where the photo was taken.
Metallica have pulled out of the Sonic Temple and Louder Than Life festivals. They were scheduled to play both Friday and Sunday night, performing two different sets at each. James Hetfield has released a statement further detailing the news.
Dear Metallica Family, It pains me to write this, but I have to let all of you know that I cannot make it to Sonic Temple in Columbus and Louder Than Life in Louisville this year. As part of my continuing effort to get and stay healthy, I have critical recovery events on those weekends that cannot be moved. I apologize to all of our fans who have bought tickets for these festivals. We are working with the festival promoters to provide for refunds or exchanges. My intent with this statement is saying “I apologize” to each one of you. The reality is that I have not prioritized my health in the past year of touring and I now know that my mental health comes first. That might sound like a no-brainer for most of you but I didn’t want to let the Metallica team/family down and, I alone, completely compromised myself. Looking on the brighter side, my therapy is going well. It was absolutely necessary for me to look after my mental, physical, and spiritual health.
I want to stress that the band will play all other announced 2020 shows. I am looking forward to getting back to playing and seeing all our great South American fans in April. And, of course, playing Epicenter in Charlotte, Welcome to Rockville in Daytona and Aftershock in Sacramento. We will still play two unique sets at each of these festivals. Beyond 2020, I am optimistic about the blessings I have been given and what the future brings. I appreciate all the great prayers and support from everyone since I went into rehab last September. Like the moth into the flame, being human in this career has its huge challenges and can be difficult. Your understanding helps the healing. - James
Danny Wimmer Presents founder and festival creator Danny Wimmer expressed best wishes for the Metallica frontman and the company's dedication to still provide fans with a great experience. “First and foremost, I want to say how much I respect and support James for taking care of himself, and for his commitment to getting healthy. At the same time, I am also deeply devoted to providing our festivalgoers with the biggest and best festival experience in the world," he shared in a statement to press. "As disappointed as we all are to lose Metallica, I am thrilled that Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tool, dear friends of both DWP and Metallica, are stepping up on short notice to join Slipknot, keeping Sonic Temple on track to be the greatest rock festival in America.”
Starting this Friday (Feb. 28), ticket holders for Sonic Temple and Louder Than Life will have the option to either exchange their passes for a different festival so they can still see Metallica, or can receive a full refund. An email will be sent out regarding details on how to proceed.
METALLICA's South American tour, which was originally planned for April, has been rescheduled for December. Support on the trek will come from GRETA VAN FLEET.
METALLICA states: "We're excited that we'll still be able to visit this year, so please hold onto your tickets for the originally scheduled shows & visit the ticketing service for additional details or refund info if you can't make it.
"We wish you, your friends and families, and the extended 'TALLICA family around the world the very best during these difficult times. Stay home, stay safe, and we’ll catch you in December!"
Dec. 04 - Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Hipódromo de San Isidro Dec. 07 - Santiago, Chile @ Estadio Nacional Dec. 14 - Porto Alegre, Brazil @ Estacionamento da Fiergs Dec. 16 - Curitiba, Brazil @ Estádio Couto Pereira Dec. 18 - Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Estádio Do Morumbi Dec. 20 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil @ Estádio Mineirão
Regarding the decision to postpone the South American tour, METALLICA said: "As many of you know, in our nearly forty years of touring, we've had a few mishaps along the way; broken bones, trashed appendixes, a pyro mishap, backs thrown out, crazy weather, food poisoning (beware of the oysters!) and even one way next-level anxiety attack! None of it has ever stopped us, but this is obviously a very different time and leaving the house now literally means taking your life in your hands. Unfortunately, in these surreal times that means we have to stay away from each other for the foreseeable future before we can start thinking about 'TALLICA family reunions around the world. We're all putting safety first, self-isolating and socially distancing, but not forever!"