Slipknot were scheduled to head abroad to support Metallica on the next leg of their WorldWired 2019 tour, but are now sending their support to the headliner after an urgent matter had them postponing their upcoming shows in Australia and New Zealand.
On Friday (Sept. 27), Metallica announced that they couldn't move forward with the tour as planned, as frontman James Hetfield will be heading into a treatment program to address his ongoing struggles with addiction. Though Metallica provided full refunds to tickeholders and made a promise to return to Australia and New Zealand to make up for the shows, Slipknot are looking into options and considering "next steps" for the coming weeks.
"We only recently heard the news about the tour being postponed, and we are working as quickly as possible to determine next steps," the band wrote in a brief statement they shared on Twitter. "Of course, our thoughts are with James and Metallica. We wish them nothing but the best."
Read Slipknot's statement in full below.
To our Australian and New Zealand fans and family: pic.twitter.com/eb7jap4Wvq
— Slipknot (@slipknot) September 28, 2019