James Hetfield spoke on Houston’s 94.5 The Buzz and announced that the Orion Festival would not be happening anymore due to financial reasons. Last year, the Orion Festival featured performances from Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, The Joy Formidable, Vista Chino, Dead Sara, and much more.
“Right now, it seems like metal is struggling a little bit in the States. Obviously, the Orion festival that we had tried to do the last couple of years has really not been… Gosh, it’s been a disaster financially, and it’s not able to happen again because of that. So it’s a bummer. So, you know, we’re doing what we can to keep being alive here. And I hope to get out and play in the States. It seems like forever since we’ve been out and about. You know, we’ve hit the coasts and we’ve done TV stuff and things like that. But it will happen again.”