Metallica's Kirk Hammett Recovering From Emergency Surgery

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is expected to be back in the U.S. next week, after being rushed to a London hospital over the weekend for an emergency appendectomy.

According to his label, Elektra Records, Hammett was in England with his group as part of a promotional tour in support of their upcoming double-album, "Garage, Inc."

The guitarist is expected to make a full recovery, and the incident will not affect Metallica's previously scheduled North American club tour. The week-long outing is scheduled to kick off next Tuesday in Toronto at the Warehouse, then move on to the U.S. on Thursday where Metallica is expected to perform at Chicago+s Aragon Ballroom.

The band's cover album, "Garage, Inc." is due out on November 24.