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Metallica concert cancellation: What else can fans do in Auckland on show dates



The cancellation of Metallica's upcoming Auckland concerts has no doubt disappointed Kiwi heavy metal fans.

The band were due to play two shows at Mt Smart Stadium on October 31 and November 2.

But the New Zealand leg of them WorldWired The tour was called off after lead singer and co-founder James Hetfield checked into rehab.

The announcement was made in a joint statement issued by Hetfield's band mates, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo.

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Robert Trujillo and James Hetfield (right) from Metallica were set to perform in Auckland in a few weeks, but their two shows have been cancelled. (File photo taken in 2015 by Raphael Dias / Getty Images)

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Robert Trujillo and James Hetfield (right) from Metallica were set to perform in Auckland in a few weeks, but their two shows have been cancelled. (File photo taken in 2015 by Raphael Dias / Getty Images)

"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," they said.

The band added that they planned to return to New Zealand once Hetfield had recovered.

However, that's likely a little consolation to fans from the region who booked Auckland flights and flights for the gigs – or even local fans who are hamstrung at what to do with their Thursday or Saturday night now.

Fortunately, there are several other events in the City of Sails during the weekend of the Canceled Metallica concerts.

Here's a few things concert-goers could do instead:

GO TRICK-OR-TREATING

The first show was scheduled for Halloween and north Aucklanders are known to put on extravagant festivities for the occasion.

Residents of The Circle in Manly and Alexander Ave in Torbay have previously held huge Halloween parties, so they could be good places to start trick-or-treating.

WATCH THE SKY 'FADE TO BLACK' AT STARDOME

The stardome observatory and planetarium is throwing its own Halloween-themed event, Fright Night at the Dome.

It promises "an adult-only, R18 experience that you won't forget".

"Discover the horrifying myths and legends lurking among the stars and delve deeper into what happens above after dark," says an ad for the event.

Tickets cost $ 34.50 each.

Spookers' monsters roam the premises to scare their next victim. (File photo)

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Spookers' monsters roam the premises to scare their next victim. (File photo)

GET SPOOKED

Spookers, a "scream" park south of Auckland's former Kingseat Hospital, is open almost every night of the year.

But Halloween weekend seems like a particularly apt time to visit.

It too is having a special Halloween event, which calls it the Seven Deadly Sins, which costs between $ 38 and $ 90 to attend.

Shangela, who starred in RuPaul's second season of Drag Race, was one of the most memorable Queens to compete on the show. (File photo).

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Shangela, who starred in RuPaul's second season of Drag Race, was one of the most memorable Queens to compete on the show. (File photo).

BROADEN THEIR HORIZONS AT A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF SHOW

It's unlikely there will be many guitar riffs at the Sickening Balll 2019.

But, there will be dancing and twirling when the stars of the eleventh season RuPaul's Drag Race perform at the Aotea Center on October 31.

According to an online ad, the show will be a "death dropping extravaganza".

And as Ticketmaster has promised Metallica fans full refunds on their tickets – ranging from $ 375 to $ 3499 – they'll be able to afford the most expensive passes priced at $ 303.60, which includes a meet and greet with performers.

The all-stars show at The Classic Comedy Club in Queen Street, Auckland, could help cheer disappointed Metallica fans up. (File photo)

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The all-stars show at The Classic Comedy Club in Queen Street, Auckland, could help cheer disappointed Metallica fans up. (File photo)

HAVE A LAUGH

Metallica fans in need of a little cheer may want to check out The Classic Comedy Allstars at The Classic Comedy Club on November 2.

They'll get to see four or five comedians for about $ 30. But be sure to book a table as this show is the most popular bar (and you will get a discount for tables of six or more if you book through Eventfinda).

GIVE THEIR EARS AND EYES A REST AND USE JUST THEIR SENSES OF TASTE, SMELL AND TOUCH

The Rydges Hotel will be serving dinner in the dark on October 31 and November 2.

At Dans le Noir? diners eat a two to five-course surprise meal and the food and drink is served by people who are blind or have low vision.

The "unique sensory, social and human experience" costs between $ 74 and $ 115 per person.

HEAD TO THE BALLET

Switch out that band tee and throw on your most sophisticated outfit and head over to Imperial Russian Ballet Company's Swan Lake performance.

There won't be any moshing and shouting, but the classic tunes and dramatic storyline are sure to put you in the mood to perform some pirouettes and maybe even a tear.

The performance costs $ 93 and will be performed in both Auckland CBD and Takapuna from October 31 to November 2.


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