Metallica's James Hetfield Speaks From Rehab

Metal band's frontman thanks fans for 'support and comfort' in Web site statement.

Two weeks after going into rehab for alcohol and drugs, Metallica frontman James Hetfield says he's drawing inspiration and encouragement from fans.

The singer/guitarist issued a brief statement on the band's official fan-club Web site,

"It took a lot for me to admit to my problems," said Hetfield of his decision to seek treatment. "It's a great feeling to have the support and comfort for me as a person from all the friends I've made out there. Thanks very much, it means a lot."

On July 19, Metallica announced that Hetfield had entered an undisclosed treatment facility (see "Metallica Frontman James Hetfield Enters Rehab") and immediately postponed all band activities, including recording sessions for the group's eighth studio album and a July 29 launch party for

Management would not comment on Hetfield's rehab progress or predict when he might rejoin his bandmates.