Metallica Launches Countdown Timer on Their Website
Metallica appear to have a major announcement coming tomorrow. Some fans think it could be 2020 Festival appearances. Things seem to be heating up after the band launched a mysterious countdown clock yesterday (Tuesday, Oct. 7), which is set to expire this Thursday (Oct. 10) at noon ET.
As if the elusive timer at MetallicaXX.com wasn’t enough to signal a huge announcement, several festivals under the banner of promoter Danny Wimmer Presents — Aftershock, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple and Welcome to Rockville — broadcast messages Tuesday indicating they were “hacked.” In addition to that at each of the event’s websites have a countdown that expires the same day as Metallica’s. See the festival messages down toward the bottom of this post.
The page you are trying to access is no longer under admin control. We’ve waited long enough. We’ve taken matters into our own hands. We will get what we want. It’s simple. You have until 10/10 12PT to give us what we want or we leak server access credentials. You have 3 days. pic.twitter.com/7ZJJ6PiGWT
— AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL (@AFTERSHOCKSAC) October 7, 2019
“The page you are trying to access is no longer under admin control,” the festivals’ shared missive reads, at the same time sounded out by a garbled, computerized voice. “We’ve waited long enough. We’ve taken matters into our own hands. We will get what we want. It’s simple. You have until 10/10 12PT to give us what we want or we leak server access credentials. You have 3 days.”
Given that the group’s frontman James Hetfield appears to be in rehab, it gives fans some hope that he should be back for the group’s 2020 Festival appearances. Metallica released a statement in late September
Here is their statement in full:
We are truly sorry to inform our fans and friends that we must postpone our upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand.
As most of you probably know, our brother James has been struggling with addiction on and off for many years. He has now, unfortunately, had to re-enter a treatment program to work on his recovery again.
We fully intend to make our way to your part of the world as soon as health and schedule permit. We’ll let you know as soon as we can. Once again, we are devastated that we have inconvenienced so many of you, especially our most loyal fans who often travel great distances to experience our shows. We appreciate your understanding and support for James and, as always, thank you for being a part of our Metallica family.
All tickets purchased to the shows in Australia and New Zealand, including Enhanced Experiences and Black Tickets, will be fully refunded. More details on how to obtain your refund [at this location]