Metallica is suing insurer Lloyd’s of London for allegedly failing to pay the quartet for financial losses it suffered when the band postponed half a dozen shows in South America because of the coronavirus in April 2020, reports CBS-LA.
The band filed the paperwork in the Los Angeles Superior Court earlier this week, alleging a breach of contract and seeking unspecified compensation. The group had a standard cancellation, abandonment and no-show insurance policy, according to the lawsuit.
Metallica played two shows in its hometown of San Francisco in September 2019, six more concerts are planned from April 2020 in South America, in Santiago, Chile, according to the lawsuit. By April 2020, most of the world was closed due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions and Metallica had to postpone the shows.
Lloyd’s allegedly would not compensate the band, citing the exclusion of communicable diseases in the policy and “denying any coverage due to an inappropriately restrictive policy interpretation,” says CBS-LA.
Metallica is reportedly ready to postpone the postponed shows, but that hasn’t happened yet.
During the shutdown, Metallica was sure to be busy with remote shows and gigs, including playing “Battery” The late show in celebration of Master of the Dolls” 35th anniversary.
Although singer and guitarist James Hetfield has been reported to be “a little skeptical” of the COVID-19 vaccine, Metallica will lead the two-day Louder Than Life festival in September 2021.
The line-up is currently working on new music from their studio near San Francisco.