Metallica's highly anticipated October tour has been cancelled following the band's announcement that one of its members has entered rehab to deal with ongoing addiction issues.
A statement released by band members Lars, Kirk, and Rob reads:
"We are truly sorry to inform our fans and friends that we must postpone our upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand.
"As most of you probably know, our brother James has been struggling with addiction on and off for many years. He has now, unfortunately, had to re-enter a treatment program to work on his recovery again."
The band says it is their full intention to "make our way to your part of the world as soon as health and schedule permit. We'll let you know as soon as we can."
"Once again, we are devastated that we have inconvenienced so many of you, especially our most loyal fans who often travel great distances to experience our shows. We appreciate your understanding and support for James and, as always, thank you for being a part of our Metallica family."
Tickets will be fully refunded via Ticketmaster for both the October 31 and November 2 shows at Mt Smart Stadium.