US heavy metal legends Metallica had to postpone their September 3 concert in Phoenix after they announced that frontman James Hetfield had tested positive for Covid-19.
“We are very sorry to inform you that tomorrow’s M72 date at State Farm Stadium has been postponed to Saturday September 9th, 2023 due to James unfortunately being caught up by Covid,” the band said in a comment Statement shared on his official account on X, the website formerly known as Twitter.
“We are extremely disappointed and regret any inconvenience this may have caused you. “We look forward to coming back next Saturday to complete the M72 No Repeat Weekend in Glendale,” the band added.
The show, originally scheduled for Sunday, would have been the last of two in Glendale, Arizona. The band is currently on their M72 tour in the USA and is playing two concerts in each city.
Tickets for the Sept. 3 show “would be redeemed on Sept. 9,” the band said.
The number of Covid-19 cases has increased in the US this summer.
Nationwide, the new EG.5 variant, a spinoff of the recombinant XBB strain of the Omicron family, is causing the most new infections, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Although the severity is currently relatively low compared to the start of the pandemic, medical experts agree that there are likely more infections than current surveillance systems can capture and warn of a resurgence of the virus.