Due to frontman James Hetfield’s positive Covid-19 test, US heavy metal veterans Metallica have been forced to cancel their September 3 show in Phoenix.
The band announced the change in a message posted on its official account on X, the platform that replaced Twitter. “We’re very sorry to report that tomorrow’s scheduled M72 date at State Farm Stadium has been postponed to Saturday, September 9, 2023, as, unfortunately, Covid has caught up with James,” the band stated.
“We’re extremely disappointed and regret any inconvenience this has caused you. We look forward to returning to complete the M72 No Repeat Weekend in Glendale next Saturday,” the band continued.
The final performance of two in Glendale, Arizona, was originally slated for Sunday. The group is now performing two shows per city while on its M72 tour in the US.
Tickets for the event on September 3 “would be honored on September 9,” the band stated.
This summer, Covid-19 instances have increased in the US.
According to the most recent estimates from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the new EG.5 variety, a spinoff of the XBB recombinant strain of the Omicron family, is responsible for the majority of new infections nationwide.
Medical professionals concur that there are likely more infections than the present surveillance methods can catch and are warning about a comeback of the virus even if severity rates are currently still at relatively low levels compared to the beginning of the pandemic.
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