Metallica cancels show due to “member of the Metallica family” testing positive for COVID-19

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Metallica has canceled the band’s headlining performance Wednesday at the Frauenfeld Rocks festival in Switzerland due to a “member of the Metallica family” testing positive for COVID-19.

“We are beyond sorry to disappoint those of you planning to attend the show,” the metal legends write in a statement posted early Wednesday morning. “It was our intention to reschedule a show in Switzerland as soon as possible, however in overnight discussions with the local promoters, sadly it became apparent that schedules and venues do not line up for the remainder of this year or next.”

The festival will still take place as scheduled with sets from Five Finger Death Punch, FEVER 333 and others. With Metallica now out of the lineup, though, organizers are offering ticket holders a partial refund for those who still plan to attend. Ticket holders who decide not to go at all because of the Metallica’s cancellation will receive a full refund.

Metallica’s next scheduled concert is set to place this Friday, July 1, at Belgium’s Rock Werchter festival. Rock Werchter organizers tweeted Wednesday that they’re “in contact” with the Metallica camp, adding that the group is “hopeful to play.”

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