Metallica has been forced to pull out of its headlining appearance at the Frauenfeld Rocks festival in Switzerland Wednesday night (June 29th, 2022) after a member of the band’s “family” has tested positive for COVID-19. Metallica shared a statement via social media: “It is with a very heavy heart that we are announcing that we will not be appearing at Frauenfeld Rocks in Switzerland today, as unfortunately, a member of the Metallica family has tested positive for Covid. We are beyond sorry to disappoint those of you planning to attend this show.
John 5 And The Creatures featuring John 5 of Rob Zombie has been forec to postpone their next three shows on its “Sinner” North American tour with The Haxans after a positive COVID-19 test within the touring party. According to a post on social media, the band expects to resume the trek on April 28 in Austin, Texas.
Lamb of God had to perform without their frontman D. Randall “Randy” Blythe on “The Metal Tour of The Year” with Megadeth, Trivium and In Flames for the band’s concert Tuesday night (April 19) in Grand Rapids, Michigan after testing positive for COVID-19. Fill-ins for Randy included Trivium’s Matthew K. Heafy and In Flames‘ Anders Fridén, as well as Mark Hunter of Chimaira, who toured with LoG back in that bands’ heyday. Blythe reported on social media he is already feeling better and hopes to rejoin the group this week. Watch footage of the performances, uploaded by the Brewtally Speaking podcast.
Citing caution and COVID restrictions across Europe, Evanescence and Within Temptation have again postponed their co-headline tour to later in 2022. Planned initially for 2020, moved to 2021, and then to this spring, will now take place in the fall of 2022. Evanescence released a statement on the move.
Killswitch Engage is currently on the road touring with August Burns Red and Light The Torch. The band has suffered a loss as guitarist Joel Stroetzel has gone home after contracting Covid-19. As reported by The PRP, fans initially noticed the musician’s absence on the band’s show in Portland, Maine on February 5th, with lead guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz later confirming that Stroetzel was out with a Covid infection. August Burns Red’s Dustin Davidson and JB Brubaker filled in for the Killswitch in Portland. The band will continue as a four-piece the rest of the tour with potential help from the other bands. Continue reading →
Due to uncertainty and the changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic, Death Metal great Suffocation have canceled their upcoming tour with Belphegor and Hate. Refunds for all tickets purchased are available through the point of purchase. Read a comment from the band below.
Volbeat has canceled its appearance at tonight’s (Friday, January 29) concert with Ghost at Ford Idaho Center Arena in Nampa, Idaho after the band’s drummer, Jon Larsen, tested positive for COVID-19. Volbeat is expected to resume its co-headlining U.S. tour omorrow night (Saturday, January 29) at Portland, Oregon’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum, with former Slayer, Testament, and Anthrax drummer Jon Dette filling in. Ghost and Twin Temple will still play tonight.
Apocalyptica has announced they have been forced to postpone their expected co-headline tour of Europe with Epica, “The Epic Apocalypse” until 2023. The band cited “the worsening situation of Covid all around Europe”as the cause of the second postponement of the tour that was to take place originally in 2020. This move does not affect their current tour of churches in Finland.
Ozzy Osbourne has been trying to hold a farewell tour and a tour to support his smash 2020 album Ordinary Man, with opening support from Judas Priest. Now the tour, previously announced for Europe in 2019 and rescheduled three times, has once again been postponed. Tickets originally went on sale in the fall of 2018. Ozzy has also dealth with injuries and a surgery, as well as his ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease. All tickets remain valid and will be honored for new dates in May and June 2023.
Leaders of the metal genre with their music, lifestyle and music culture website and series of international festivals, Slipknot has announced the third postponement of their planned Knotfest Japan since the pandemic. Knotfest Japan will now take place on April 1-2, 2023. The band posted about this on their socials today and also announced a Japan only replay of their Knotfest LA livestream.