METALLICA’s LARS ULRICH is in a German hospital waiting for the results of tests after falling ill in Europe.
As previously reported, the group had to play last night’s (June 6) Download headline slot with Slipknot and [a][/a] drummers Joey Jordison and Dave Lombardo.
NME.COM understands that the drummer had “a turn” while travelling in a private plane between Lisbon in Portugal and the UK. The decision was made to land in Germany, where an ambulance was waiting for Ulrich.
A spokesperson for the band told NME.COM: “He’s waiting on results from tests. He’s in a German hospital right now.”
The band are currently scheduled to continue their European tour tomorrow (June 8). NME.COM understands that a decision on the shows will be made when Ulrich gets his results, although at present they are still scheduled to go ahead.
The tour visits: Ludwigshafen Sudweststdion (June 8)
Gelsenkirchen Arena Auf Schalke (10)
Wiener Neustadt Aerodrome Festival (11)
Munich Olympic Stadium (13)
Belgrade Partizan Stadium (15)
Bremen Weserstadion (16)
Zurich Letzegrund Stadium (18)
Zaragoza La Romareda Stadium (19)
Amsterdam Ajax Arena (21)
Paris Parc des Princes (23)
Dublin RDS (25)
Zagreb Gradski Stadion (27)
Padova Stadio Euganeo (29)
Prague T-Mobile Park (July 1)
Werchter Werchter Rock Festival (2)
Reykjavik Egilshollin (4)
The emergency stand-in meant Metallica arrived 40 minutes late at Download, having been practising in the backstage area until just minutes before showtime.
A statement on the band’s website reads: “Word filtered through that Lars suffered a medical emergency and frankly, I don’t like to ask too many questions when the boys are preparing to deliver in unusual circumstances. The CD players were out, the guys were ripping through jams and the clock was ticking.
“Before the guys went onstage their energy was high high high, and with the show having been delayed without announcement, James stepped out and filled in the crowd on what had been going on, informing them of the Lars situation and that the guys had some friends stepping up to fill in.
“Thus it was that Lombardo bashed out a brutal ‘Battery’, a crushing statement that this show was not going to do anything less than deliver. The uniqueness got even greater after Lombardo drilled out ‘Horsemen’, when Jordison appeared clad in his Slip-mask to deliver ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ before tearing through ‘Creeping Death’ and ‘Seek and Destroy’.”
For an exclusive report on Download, see this week’s NME which is out tomorrow in London (June 8) and Wednesday nationwide.