After the group's recent performance at this year's Soundwave Festival in Australia, Metallica frontman James Hetfield took some time to discuss the current state of affairs within the band in an exclusive Channel V interview.
Apart from naming mosh pits as the "luxury he lost" by playing in Metallica, Hetfield spoke about a hypothetical end of the group, stressing that the band doesn't plan on stopping any time soon.
"There's no reason for us to stop, first of all. As far as artists and musicians, they don't retire. They might tour less. We're having a blast doing what were doing. It's a beautiful cycle, because they think we inspire them, but they inspire us. It feeds itself."
When asked to comment on the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award the band will be receiving at this year's Golden Gods Awards ceremony, frontman couldn't hide the excitement, adding that "changing people's lives and making an impact on people" is the biggest recognition a musician can get.
"We've been doing what we love for 30 years, and we've had many awards along the way. I think the biggest award is recognition for changing people's lives and making an impact on people, and that is another one of those awards that has done that. Besides getting kudos from the fans, we are totally blessed to get anything."
Metallica has recently announced the lineup for their forthcoming second edition of Orion Music festival set to take place on June 8 and 9 in Detroit. The event will feature the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, The Dillinger Escape Plan and others.
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