James Hetfield’s “Sobriety Weekends” Caused Metallica To Drop Off Sonic Temple & Louder Than Life

As previously reported, Metallica recently dropped off the Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival and the Louder Than Life festival due to James Hetfield having “critical recovery events on those weekends.” Now, Gary Spivack, the executive VP of Danny Wimmer Presents, has since revealed that Hetfield has some required “Sobriety Weekends” on the same days as the festivals.

Spivack told Ultimate Guitar the following:

“Well, we got the call from Metallica’s management team, Q Prime, who are, the best managers in the business, hands down, and said that James has Sobriety Weekends that are requirements throughout the calendar year, and unfortunately, a couple of those weekends fell on our festivals. Although Metallica will still be at Welcome to Rockville, Epicenter, and Aftershock in 2020 with us, we did lose them for Sonic Temple and Louder Than Life.

So, then it was, how do you even contemplate filling the shoes of the biggest band in our world? Well, you do it by finding two of the biggest bands in our world. So, we got Red Hot Chili Peppers, with John Frusciante, which will be one of only four shows they’ll be doing in 2020, and of course, Grammy award-winning artist, Tool.”

As Spivack mentioned, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tool will be replacing Metallica at Sonic Temple. However, it is still unknown who will replace them at Louder Than Life.

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