Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tool step in to headline on Friday and Sunday, respectively
Metallica, which had been slated to headline two nights of the three-day Sonic Temple at Mapfre Stadium, announced today that it will no longer perform at the festival.
In a statement posted to the band's Facebook site, singer James Hetfield, who recently emerged from rehab, wrote that the Sonic Temple dates coincide with "critical recovery events ... that cannot be moved." (The band also removed itself from the lineup of Louder Than Life in Louisville.)
"My intent with this statement is saying 'I apologize' to each one of you," Hetfield wrote. "The reality is that I have not prioritized my health in the past year of touring and I now know that my mental health comes first. ... I want to stress that the band will play all other announced 2020 shows."
Earlier today, Red Hot Chili Peppers posted and then removed an updated Sonic Temple lineup that showed the Chili Peppers, which recently reunited with guitarist John Frusciante, and Tool stepping in to headline on Friday and Sunday, respectively. The leaked information has since been confirmed by Sonic Temple.
“First and foremost, I want to say how much I respect and support James for taking care of himself, and for his commitment to getting healthy," Danny Wimmer Presents founder and festival creator Danny Wimmer said in a statement.
Sonic Temple takes place May 15-17.