Metallica Postpones Arizona Gig as Lead Vocalist Tests Positive for COVID-19


The upcoming performance by Metallica, scheduled for Sunday in Arizona, has been deferred following the troubling revelation that lead vocalist, James Hetfield, has tested positive for COVID-19. The iconic band has prudently taken the decision to rearrange the second act of their much-anticipated tour stop at Glendale’s famous State Farm Stadium for the 9th of September.

In a sincere statement, the band expressed deep disappointments over the unexpected turn of events, also forwarding their regrets for any disruption caused by this development. They hold the promise of returning to stage the M72 No Repeat Weekend in Glendale come next Saturday, lining it up as a high caliber event, which unfortunately stands impacted by the onslaught of the virus on James Hetfield.

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As it stands, Metallica is touring on its M72 campaign across the U.S., staging two performances in each city. As reported by the Arizona Republic, each opening night in the every city the band has played, has seen Metallica render a 16-song playlist, typically concluding with the crowd favorite, “Master of Puppets”, following the equally popular “Seek & Destroy”.

Regrettably, concert-goers at last Friday night’s performance in Glendale were handed a trimmed down 14-song playlist which was unusually missing the closing act “Master of Puppets”. The notification of Hetfield’s affliction was officially announced the following day.