Metallica Drop Off Sonic Temple & Louder Than Life Festivals

Metallica have dropped off the Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival in Columbus, OH and the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, KY. The band cancelled so James Hetfield can continue to focus on his health and sobriety.

Hetfield commented:

“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“

Sonic Temple organizers have since recruited Red Hot Chili Peppers to headline the May 15 date of the festival and Tool to headline the May 17 date of the festival. However, it is still unclear who will be replacing Metallica at Louder Than Life.

Metallica, Slipknot, Deftones, Bring Me The Horizon, Etc. Set For 2020 Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival. The event will take place at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH on May 15-17 and it will feature the following artists: Metallica, Slipknot, Deftones, Bring Me The Horizon, Evanescence, Staind, Sublime With Rome, Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Cypress Hill, Pennywise, Royal Blood, The Pretty Reckless, Alter Bridge, Anthrax, Flatbush Zombies, Pop Evil, HELLYEAH, Ghostemane, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, Dance Gavin Dance, Ice Nine Kills, Sleeping With Sirens, The Darkness, Knocked Loose, Code Orange, Power Trip, Saint Asonia, Dirty Honey, Jinjer, City Morgue, Bones UK, Airbourne, Fire From The Gods, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Des Rocs, Counterfeit, Crobot, Cherry Bombs, DED, Goodbye June, Brutus, 3TEETH, BRKN LOVE, Killstation Brass Against, Crown Lands, Ego Kill Talent, DREGG, Bloodywood, and Zero 9:36.

Metallica To Play Two Headlining Sets At Five U.S. Festivals Next Year

Metallica have officially been confirmed as the headliners for the 2020 Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville, Sonic Temple, Louder Than Life, and Aftershock festivals. The band will play two different sets at every event, with one taking place on Friday and one taking place on Sunday.

The band commented:

“You know we love a challenge, so when Danny Wimmer Presents invited us to headline all five of their spring/fall U.S. rock festivals, that sounded like great fun. But play two separate sets on two nights in the same weekend? Definitely count us in! In another Metallica first, we’ll be playing at all five of the Wimmer rock festivals in 2020 with two separate sets, one on Friday night, one on Sunday night.”

Here’s the dates for each festival:

* Epicenter: May 1-3 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Motor Speedway
* Welcome To Rockville: May 8-10 – Daytona Beach, FL – Daytona International Speedway
* Sonic Temple: May 15-17 – Columbus, OH – MAPFRE Stadium
* Louder Than Life: September 18-20 – Louisville, KY – Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center
* Aftershock: October 9-11 – Sacramento, CA – Discovery Park

Fan club members and past purchasers will be able to get tickets today (October 10) at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on October 14 at 12 noon ET / 9 a.m. PT. $.25 cents from each ticket sold through November 19 will go towards Metallica’s All Within My Hands foundation.

Metallica Rumored To Headline 2020 Aftershock, Louder Than Life, Etc. Festivals

Metallica recently launched a mysterious countdown timer online and it seems we may now know what they are teasing. The websites for a number of festivals, Sonic Temple, Louder Than Life, Aftershock, and Welcome To Rockville, have been “hacked” and are displaying a message that says the admins “have until 10/10 12PT to give [the hackers] what [they] want.” That happens to be the same time Metallica’s clock is set to end. On top of that, some fans also found out that the band’s website has ties to promoter Danny Wimmer Presents.

Dates Revealed For 2020 Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville, & Sonic Temple Festivals

The dates have been revealed for the 2020 Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville, and Sonic Temple festivals. Epicenter will take place on May 1-3. Welcome To Rockville will be take place on May 8-10 and Sonic Temple will take place on May 15-17. It’s also worth noting that Welcome To Rockville will be moving to the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL this time around.

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Epicenter 2020: May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Save The Date!

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RETURN TO THE TEMPLE: May 15TH, 16TH, and 17TH, 2020

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Papa Roach Pay Tribute To Keith Flint With Live Cover Of The Prodigy’s “Firestarter” At Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival

During their May 18 set at the Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival in Columbus, OH, Papa Roach performed a cover of The Prodigy’s “Firestarter” in honor of the late Keith Flint. You can see footage of that below. The Prodigy were previously booked to perform at the festival, but Papa Roach took their place after Flint’s tragic death.

Papa Roach, The Crystal Method, & The Cult To Replace The Prodigy At Upcoming Festivals

As previously reported, The Prodigy have cancelled all their upcoming shows following the tragic death of Keith Flint. Now, their replacements have been announced for a number of U.S. festivals. They include The Crystal Method, who will be performing at Welcome To Rockville on May 3 and at Epicenter on May 10, Papa Roach, who will be performing at Sonic Temple on May 18, and The Cult, who will be performing at Chicago Open Air on May 19.

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The music community was dealt another incredible loss on March 4th with the untimely passing of @TheProdigyOfficial’s Keith Flint. As part of the group’s first North American tour in a decade, they were scheduled to play #WelcometoRockville this year and we are devastated they will no longer be able to perform. @TheCrystalMethod has stepped in to bring you an unforgettable performance in their place.⁣ ⁣ The Crystal Method on Prodigy:⁣ ⁣ “I like so many have been shocked by the sad reality that another iconic and influential member of the music community has taken their own life. I personally want to send my deepest condolences to Keith’s wife and family… and to his band mates. In the dozen or so times TCM shared a stage or played a festival with The Prodigy, I witnessed some phenomenal performances. Liam’s beats and propulsive sound was the sonic Fuck Yeah that so many of us old school ravers needed while Keith’s raw combustible energy and cyber punk persona served up the right amount of Fuck You to the establishment! I never really hung out with Keith and only had the briefest of personal interaction with him but he was always kind and I know he will be missed. #RIP”

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The music community was dealt another incredible loss on March 4th with the untimely passing of @TheProdigyOfficial’s Keith Flint. As part of the group’s first North American tour in a decade, they were scheduled to play #EpicenterFestival this year and we are devastated they will no longer be able to perform. @TheCrystalMethod has stepped in to bring you an unforgettable performance in their place.⁣ ⁣ The Crystal Method on Prodigy:⁣ ⁣ “I like so many have been shocked by the sad reality that another iconic and influential member of the music community has taken their own life. I personally want to send my deepest condolences to Keith’s wife and family… and to his band mates. In the dozen or so times TCM shared a stage or played a festival with The Prodigy, I witnessed some phenomenal performances. Liam’s beats and propulsive sound was the sonic Fuck Yeah that so many of us old school ravers needed while Keith’s raw combustible energy and cyber punk persona served up the right amount of Fuck You to the establishment! I never really hung out with Keith and only had the briefest of personal interaction with him but he was always kind and I know he will be missed. #RIP”⁣

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