James Hetfield's voice has become a casualty early in Metallica's 2017 world tour.
The group had to cut short its Friday (February 3) show in Copenhagen, Denmark, and then postponed Sunday's (February 5) show at the same arena, issuing a statement that "as Saturday has progressed, James' health, and specifically his throat, is not improving and he is under strict doctor's orders to not sing one single note."
Sunday's show has been rescheduled to September 2.
Hetfield apologized twice for Friday's performance, telling the crowd during the concert Hetfield told the fans that, "It's not fair to you guys, man. You paid a lot of money to come see your favorite band and we don't sound good. I want to leave it up to you, man. Would you rather hear us sound better another time?"
The crowd voted for the show to continue, however, and the group posted a message on Facebook reading, "To those of you who were there (Friday), we appreciate you encouraging us to carry on...that meant the world to us! We all feel really bummed that we were unable to give you the maximum Metallica experience. It was one of the most challenging shows we've ever played, but your love and support got us through."
Metallica is slated to resume on Tuesday (February 7) in Norway and finish its European run there on Thursday (February 9). The group is also slated to perform at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 12) in Los Angeles.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.