METALLICA Postpones Second Show In Phoenix As JAMES HETFIELD Tests Positive For COVID-19

James Hetfield

METALLICA has postponed their second concert in Phoenix, Arizona, originally scheduled for September 3, after their frontman, James Hetfield, tested positive for Covid-19.

The band announced the unfortunate news on their social media expressing their disappointment and regret for any disruption this may cause to their fans. The concert was part of the M72 tour, and the show’s tickets will be valid for the rescheduled date on September 9.

METALLICA posted a photo of Hetfield‘s positive Covid-19 test result and accompanied it with the subsequent official statement: “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. We’re extremely disappointed and regret any inconvenience this has caused for you; we look forward to returning to complete the ‘M72’ No Repeat Weekend in Glendale next Saturday.

“All tickets for September 3 will be honored at the September 9 show. For more information, including refund details if you cannot join next weekend, please visit Keep your eyes on and our socials for additional details and updates.

“PS: All M72 Weekend Takeover events scheduled for today and tomorrow (9/2 and 9/3) are still happening.”

On Friday, in Glendale, METALLICA performed a shortened set, seemingly as a result of Hetfield’s “vocal issues.”

Currently, the US is witnessing an uptick in Covid-19 cases, primarily due to the EG.5 variant, leading to increased caution.