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Available soon? Heavy metal legends Slipknot have not ruled out an Australian and New Zealand tour, even though their data with Metallica has been canceled. Pictured: Slipknot singer Corey Taylor

Slipknot was still able to travel through Australia and New Zealand, despite concerts with Metallica that was canceled after singer James Hetfield went into rehab

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Heavy metal legends Slipknot have not ruled out an Australian and New Zealand tour, even though their data with Metallica has been canceled.

Metallica and Slipknot were scheduled to perform 10 concerts, starting in Perth on October 17, but withdrew after Metallica's lead singer and guitarist James Hetfield checked for addiction problems.

In a statement, Slipknot acknowledged that the tour was postponed, but hinted that they were still busy organizing replacement shows Down Under.

Available soon? Heavy metal legends Slipknot have not ruled out an Australian and New Zealand tour, even though their data with Metallica has been canceled. Pictured: Slipknot singer Corey Taylor

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Available soon? Heavy metal legends Slipknot have not ruled out an Australian and New Zealand tour, even though their data with Metallica has been canceled. Pictured: Slipknot singer Corey Taylor

They wrote: “We only recently heard the news about delaying the tour to our Australian and New Zealand fans and family and we are working on determining the next steps as soon as possible.

& # 39; Of course our thoughts are with James and Metallica. We wish them nothing but the best. & # 39;

& # 39; We'll let everyone know as soon as we can. & # 39;

Postponed: Metallica and Slipknot were scheduled to perform 10 concerts starting in Perth on October 17, but withdrew after Metallica's lead singer and guitarist checked James Hetfield (photo) for addiction problems

Postponed: Metallica and Slipknot were scheduled to perform 10 concerts starting in Perth on October 17, but withdrew after Metallica's lead singer and guitarist checked James Hetfield (photo) for addiction problems

Postponed: Metallica and Slipknot were scheduled to perform 10 concerts starting in Perth on October 17, but withdrew after Metallica's lead singer and guitarist checked James Hetfield (photo) for addiction problems

It wasn't long before Slipknot fans started speculating that the band could tour Australia and New Zealand as a headline act without Metallica.

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& # 39; Please still come to NZ on those dates. It would be so wonderful. I only got my tickets to see Slipknot! & # 39; one person wrote on social media.

Another fan said: & # 39; Please come anyway! Desperate to see you with or without Metallica. & # 39;

A third wrote: & # 39; Can you just do your own headline tour? & # 39;

& # 39; We are working as quickly as possible to determine the next steps & # 39 ;: Slipknot acknowledged in a statement that the tour was postponed, but hinted that they were still busy organizing replacement shows Down Under. Pictured: Slipknot singer Corey Taylor

& # 39; We are working as quickly as possible to determine the next steps & # 39 ;: Slipknot acknowledged in a statement that the tour was postponed, but hinted that they were still busy organizing replacement shows Down Under. Pictured: Slipknot singer Corey Taylor

& # 39; We are working as quickly as possible to determine the next steps & # 39 ;: Slipknot acknowledged in a statement that the tour was postponed, but hinted that they were still busy organizing replacement shows Down Under. Pictured: Slipknot singer Corey Taylor

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Slipknot, generally regarded as one of the most exciting live acts of heavy metal, last toured with Lamb of God in 2016.

They played famously at Big Day Out in 2005 and Soundwave festival in 2012.

On Saturday, Metallica announced that their & # 39; WorldWired Tour & # 39; with Slipknot in Australia and New Zealand.

In a statement, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, drummer Lars Ulrich and bass player Robert Trujillo said that singer James Hetfield had entered rehabilitation to address addiction problems.

Slipknot, generally regarded as one of the most exciting live acts of heavy metal, last toured with Lamb of God in 2016. Pictured: Slipknot guitarist Jim Root

Slipknot, generally regarded as one of the most exciting live acts of heavy metal, last toured with Lamb of God in 2016. Pictured: Slipknot guitarist Jim Root

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Slipknot, generally regarded as one of the most exciting live acts of heavy metal, last toured with Lamb of God in 2016. Pictured: Slipknot guitarist Jim Root

& # 39; We are really sorry to inform our fans and friends that we have to postpone our upcoming tour through Australia and New Zealand & # 39 ;, the statement began.

& # 39; As most of you probably know, our brother James has been struggling with addiction for many years. Unfortunately, he has now had to start a treatment program again to work on his recovery.

& # 39; We are fully committed to finding our way to your part of the world as soon as health and schedule allow. We will let you know as soon as possible.

& # 39; We are devastated that we have disturbed so many of you, especially our most loyal fans who often travel great distances to experience our shows.

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& # 39; We appreciate your understanding and support for James and, as always, thank you for participating in our Metallica family. & # 39;

The tour has been postponed indefinitely because it is unknown when James will be released from rehabilitation.

In the meantime, ticket holders are entitled to a full refund of their purchases.

The band would return to Australia for the first time in six years after they had recently completed the American and European legs of their tour.

It is unclear for which & # 39; addiction & # 39; James is being treated, but he went to rehabilitation earlier in July 2001 to treat an alcohol problem.

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