Metallica‘s North American leg of their “WorldWired” tour with Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat and Gojira launched in Baltimore, MD earlier this week. Today, Avenged Sevenfold announced that they will be forced to miss tonight’s Philadelphia concert (May 12th) as Synyster Gates’ wife is going into labor with their first child. The band has posted a message on Facebook, explaining the reason for having to opt out of their scheduled performance in Philadelphia with Metallica and that they’ll be ready to get back onstage on Sunday (May 14th) in New Jersey.


The statement reads:

Sending love to our brother Synyster Gates, who flew home to be with his wife Michelle, who unexpectedly went into early labor with the birth of their first child. Unfortunately, this also means we won’t be able to play tonight’s gig with Metallica. We’ll miss seeing you all but know you’re in for an incredible show with the mighty Metallica and Volbeat. Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the A7X family and thanks so much for your support and understanding. We’ll see you all Sunday in New Jersey.

Metallica & Avenged Sevenfold tour dates:

05/14 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
06/07 – Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field
06/11 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium
06/14 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome
06/16 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T Stadium
06/18 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
07/05 – Orlando, FL @ Camping World Stadium
07/07 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium
07/09 – Atlanta, GA @ Suntrust Park
07/12 – Detroit, MI @ Comercia Park
07/16 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
07/19 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau
07/29 – Pasadena, CA @ Rose Bowl
08/04 – Phoenix, AZ @ University Of Phoenix Stadium
08/06 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park
08/09 – Seattle, WA @ Centurylink Field
08/14 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place
08/16 – Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium

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