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Metallica Frontman James Hetfield Speaks On Illness

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Metallica frontman James Hetfield was recently taken to hospital after suffering from a stomach bug. A message from him reads as follows:

"James here, alive, at about 80% but getting better. I want to say sorry for missing the second Stockholm gig on Sunday due to illness. The cause/diagnosis at the hospital was narrowed down to either a 24 hr virus or a bad oyster...yes, hate to admit, an oyster could have taken me down.

"I acknowledge and apologize for any inconvenience this has caused fans who had travelled near and far for the show. I had done everything possible to make it, and was at the point of falling if I stood up. On a lighter note since my illness, the support band 'Swedish Oyster Cult' will be thrown off the tour. More Cowbell?...More barf bagz!!

"Thanx for your understanding and support. It's not without notice from the whole 'Tallica Touring Family.

"With Love and Respect, James 'papa het'."

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brandedcfh420's avatar

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1. brandedcfh420 writes:

ok, hes better. now i can be the old me again.....lol

# Mar 10, 2009 @ 9:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Diamond Oz writes:

Oh good we were starting to get worried that you'd got sick too! :P

# Mar 10, 2009 @ 9:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. brandedcfh420 writes:

well, as much smack as talk on metallica, even i have some kind of decency to not smacktalk some1 who is sick. thank you for the concern oz.....lololol

# Mar 10, 2009 @ 9:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Netromancer writes:

Fearless wretch
Insanity
The oysters
Lurking beneath the sea...

# Mar 10, 2009 @ 9:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Popctrl writes:

How in touch and cool, he said "thanx" instead of "thanks." I can relate because sometimes I don't feel like typing an extra letter.

# Mar 10, 2009 @ 10:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Cynic writes:

Lolololol at Netromancer!

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 1:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. BoltThrower writes:

James just called for more Cowbell. I don't need to elaborate.

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 3:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. wilco writes:

cool james
get back on the plain and play in europe

yeah i was worried to about branded

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 6:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. americanpatriot1 writes:

Yeah, with Branded, we can't let the a$$holes stray too far from the herd. It throws off our numbers and sends everything into an almost unreversible upheavel.

"I got a feevah.....and the only prescription...is more cowbell".

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 8:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. IWrestledABearOnce writes:

Ha. Papa Het.

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 9:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. brandedcfh420 writes:

sewdish oyster cult says:

"come on james, dont fear the oyster"...!!!!!!

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 10:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Branded's Mom writes:

branded how many times did i tell you not to f*** your sister on the backyard

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 10:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Branded's Dad writes:

Sorry Honey its not your daughter it's me
Just enjoying a father and son quality oyster time

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 10:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. brandedcfh420 writes:

seriously, come up with something really good. you are making yourself look so freaking kindergarten man. think harder next time for a good insult....dam rookies

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 12:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Slayer Fan1143 writes:

Branded You Suck!!

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 1:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. LOG.786 writes:

go home branded
and S.T.F.U.

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 2:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Lorne Michaels writes:

Great reference James, I'm sure Sweden is full of SNL fans......

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 2:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. dmasa writes:

hope he dies

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 3:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Blindgreed1 writes:

Apparently branded's new friend doesn't understand the functionality if the IP logged feature. Definately a noob.

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 3:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Androphobic writes:

calm down. ^
as if he caused you so much pain and agony.

its good to see a musician get back on his feet. It would have been a pretty awful day if he went into trauma or something. despite his bad reputation now, you cant deny he can make a damn good song. (back then)

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 3:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Androphobic writes:

to dmsa*

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 3:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Dee writes:

All that matters is he's feeling better. It would've sucked if he had to be taken to ICU or sum s**t.

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 4:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. InHellYouWillKnowMe writes:

To all that come on here and attack Branded with lame a$$ baby sh1t... don't! If you don't like his opinion argue your point intelligently and maybe he'll respect it. He does not like post MOP Metallica and does not want to. That's completely cool. D1ckbags that come on here and make gay slams or mother sex quotes need a hobby... Try World of Warcraft, I've heard it's a good time killer while hanging out in mom's basement waiting for your 40th birthday to come.

Branded... unleash hell and leave no noobie standing

NP- DevilDriver- end of the line

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 6:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. brandedcfh420 writes:

im still waiting for some kind of intelligent insult from the pre-schooler!!

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 7:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. IWrestledABearOnce writes:

lol this is some funny sh**.

BG-Actually there is a way around it if they were smart enough to do it...I got around the IP logging...it's not that hard...

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 7:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Netromancer writes:

Hey now, no need to insult us video game geeks!
I'll have you know I only lived in my parent's basement till I was 18 :)

What's funny to me is that Branded said "Get better, James", and he gets insulted for it. Damned if you do, damned if you don't, brother.

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 7:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. brandedcfh420 writes:

so freakin true netro.....

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 9:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. RememberMetal? writes:

lol

When I first found this sight I was a raging powderkeg of giddy, pent up, hate--waiting to call out anybody who brushed against me. Now I just love to watch the shoving matches, s'fun.

Now Playing: Steven Wilson - "Twilight Coda"

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 10:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. wilco writes:

well well welll
do like it when people react on branded posting
i love metallica but its cool to read branded posting
hornsup to him

# Mar 12, 2009 @ 5:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. brandedcfh420 writes:

ty wilco.

# Mar 12, 2009 @ 9:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Blackheart*915 writes:

well hope to see you back on your feet! hope to here the news right away!

# Mar 13, 2009 @ 12:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. That_One_Guy writes:

I had no idea he was sick. Glad he's better though.

# Mar 13, 2009 @ 12:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Txmetalhead writes:

Well- I am from Texas, and we don't have basements, at least, my house didn't have one. How about living in the attic till I was 18..lol. Just a bit of humor, thank God it is Friday!!

# Mar 13, 2009 @ 1:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Txmetalhead writes:

To Branded - an intelligent metal head who is not afraid to speak his mind. Don't ever change, man.
You are great being who you are!

# Mar 13, 2009 @ 1:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. brandedcfh420 writes:

ty tx!

# Mar 13, 2009 @ 1:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

epic lulz
Everybody still doesn't know that James and Lars are douches...
Brand-I've got your back!

# Mar 13, 2009 @ 4:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Blindgreed1 writes:

MHD101: Where have you been? *taps foot with arms crossed*

# Mar 13, 2009 @ 5:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. brandedcfh420 writes:

Blindgreed1 writes:
*taps foot with arms crossed*


bg1 that sounds almost homosexual

# Mar 13, 2009 @ 5:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. Blindgreed1 writes:

branded: NO! That would have been written as: *tapssss foot with armssss crossssed*lol.

# Mar 13, 2009 @ 5:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. brandedcfh420 writes:

wuhahahahahahaha!!!!!!!

# Mar 13, 2009 @ 5:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. Jenny writes:

LOL

# Mar 13, 2009 @ 5:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

I have been doing a sh!tload of missing math homework...and practicing piano and hour a night.

# Mar 13, 2009 @ 6:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. psythe writes:

RM? (post 28) - I miss watching you utterly destroy people lol. That was half the reason I kept coming back here those first few times :)

(This Ain't) The Oyster of Love.

# Mar 13, 2009 @ 7:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. RememberMetal? writes:

psythe
I was a mean little bastard...I started feeling too condescending for my own good...Sometimes I was standing up for people but alot of time I was just looking for someone to vent at...Hope I'm past that phase.

btw, knowing that you're a fan of Porcupine Tree I would recommend looking into Steven Wilson's new solo album, it's great.

Now Playing: Steven Wilson - "No Twilight Within the Courts of the Sun"

# Mar 15, 2009 @ 1:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. psythe writes:

Wilson has a solo album?!?! Why have I not heard of this before?!?!?!?!

Yeah, condescending ain't no good, but it was pretty amusing for me hahah. I started out being really into the arguing thing - loved it. When I wasn't learning things, I was at least learning how to better get my point across. Nowadays I'm over it - 90% of the posts on this site I could almost slap my own forehead at, but I just don't have the passion to bother with it all anymore. But it's all good, everyone's having fun (well, most of the time hahah) so that's still enjoyable :)

# Mar 15, 2009 @ 3:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. Jamez writes:

well at least it wasnt an alcohol poisoning

# Mar 15, 2009 @ 7:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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