Lars Ulrich has spoken to Metal Hammer magazine about the future of Metallica, stating that, if the group is ever flagging, he hopes the band can have the guts to walk away from it:
"I don't think I'll ever be bored of being in Metallica. I think that one of two things can happen. One, is the physicality of what we do – if we don't have the strength to do it physically any more. We will always have the strength to do it mentally, so I'm not worried about that. But if there ever comes a time when we feel that it's not going on all 12 cylinders, then I hope that we have the guts to walk away from it.
"The other thing that could happen is that you decide you want to pursue something else: 'I'm really interested in film' or 'I'm really interested in painting.' Is there a chance that when I'm 55, I'll want to write a movie? Or that James Hetfield will want to make a country record? Or that Kirk Hammett will want to go surfing for a year?"
The drummer also stated that he can never see himself being bored with Metallica, because the band always makes it interesting for themselves:
"But I don't think I'll ever wake up and go, 'I'm bored of being in Metallica', because of the nature of who we are as people, and the dynamics in our personalities. We always make it interesting for ourselves. That's why we do crazy shit like Some Kind Of Monster and the 3D movies. We throw ourselves these challenges. It's to make sure that boredom never sets in."
In other Metallica news, the band has recently confirmed that they will host the second of their annual Orion Music + More festivals in 2013. The festival will take place in Detroit on June 8th and 9th. Exact details of lineup and location will be announced in February of next year.