Lars Ulrich Hopes He Can 'Walk Away' From Metallica When The Time Is Right

Drummer looks to the future of the band in new interview.

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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."

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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.

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    "Is there a chance that when I'm 55... that James Hetfield will want to make a country record?" Strange, I now find myself more excited for the prospect of a potential Hetfield solo album than a new Metallica album.
    Totally. Rather sceptical about a Kirk Solo album, would be nice to see if he can leave the Wah on the shelf.
    He has said that if he ever does one, it probably won't be metal. He said it would most likely be classical.
    I personally think Kirk's musical interests aren't very metal anymore. Metallica is just his job. When he comes in to write a solo, its just the first thing he records, he never seems into it. Its as if other things take up his musical interests. I'd imagine that a solo album from him would have little wah, and not be metal at all.
    His live cover of Dont You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand at the CMT Tribute to Waylon Jennings makes me think a Hetfield Country Solo project could be damn good.
    a potential Hetfield solo album would be killer. and not having Lars in the songwriting process makes that prospect that much better
    Sweet, then Metallica could get a younger drummer who won't complain when they want to practice their older, better material!
    Snare drum.
    THIS was the gold medal?! I swear, UG is being overcrowded by easily amused chimps these days. Oh, sorry. I know what response you wanted: HAWHAWHAWHAWHAWHAWHAWHAW.
    And in which way is you bitching about an internet forum like an old man would about the cost of soda back in his day make you better? Your obviously sad about not getting a gold medal's a fake medal on the internet so get over it.
    I'd hate for the James to do a country record, but I'd love for him to do a heavy blues rock record. My dream is for him and Mustaine to do an album and call it 'Metal Up Your Ass'.
    This, although not so much with the Mustaine part. If he needed to team up with another guitarist, i would say it should be Jerry Cantrell.
    Scott O
    He should walk away when his forehead becomes a five-head. Oops, too late.
    Stop with taking a shit on lars. Maybe he isn't the best drummer, as Kirk Hammett isn't the best lead guitarist. But those guys made Metallica to what they are now and Lars probably had a bigger impact than Kirk.
    This, absolutely. I don't get the shit talking lately, because every recent thing I've read on him shows him to be a fairly open-minded, decent guy with a good attitude. I don't even care for his music, and I think he's alright.
    Agreed. I mean, hate on Kirk and Lars all you want, but these guys revolutionized metal. You'll rarely find a metal band these days without Metallica being an influence. And these guys have been doing this for over 30 years now, who can blame them for their music getting stale?
    Metallica are legends for a reason. Make all the (lame) jokes you want, but their influence and mark on the metal genre can't be denied. When all is said and done, they're possibly the best metal group of all time.
    I reognize their influence and mark, which is huge...but the best metal group of all time? that's going too far.
    20 years ago?
    Yearp, but retarded "real fans" still think that they sold themselves to mainstream. -_-
    O the wit. Same old shit really isn't it. I don't tknow why people just don't say "i'm not a fan" because obviously their not. I wonder when the last time you wrote anything good was.
    That's what I was thinking.
    I also thought the exact same thing you thought.
    I'm just going to write this comment to let two seconds of your life go to waste.
    I'm just going to write this comment to let you know that you wasted more than two seconds of your life writing that comment, so the joke's on you
    Not necessarily. The few seconds it took sugeci to write that has been more than made up for by the combined total the two seconds he's wasted of everyone who has read it. So, the joke is still on us (but as a whole).
    I was going to say damn near the same thing...I'd go a little more recent...Black Album was somewhat understandable considering the Jethro Tull thing... And Load and Reload, while no longer metal, were decent rock albums. After that though...dear god...
    Load and reload weren't too bad. St.Anger was god awful. Death magnetic was actually pretty good. Not quite as good as the Black Album,put still pretty good.
    Metallica is band. Lars has said many times he doesn't want to be known for being "thrash", he wants to be know for making kick ass music. James has also said that Lars is the only drummer he likes to jam with, he and Lars have a good connection. So maybe you guys want Lars out of Metallica because "he sucks", but James doesn't want him out... Metallica just wants to be a band of 4 friends, and you guys want them to sellout to Metal (yes its possible to sellout to metal)....let them rock, let them do their thing... or create your own band and stop bitching
    (Insert old, tasteless joke about how Lars sucks, only is in it for the money and should have retired 20 years ago)
    "Where You going Lars?" "I'm walking away" "There is nothing but miles of desert that way...Come back!"
    I thought they were already 55+? Shows what I know. But his words seem fairly respectable here. I can see myself getting to a similar situation eventually.
    Im sorry for all those disrespectfull ****s around here, keep it rocking Lars
    i think we already understand how diverse Metallica's personalities are, and the stability of everything, but it's good to see a news article giving the confirmation, i guess.
    He doesnt do himself any favours when hes interviewed does he?Examples follow.New material is nutty.New album will have guitar solos.Ive regressed at drumming.Nothing against the guy but hes so sloppy now and rather than progressing as a drummer he seems to get worse.Still looking forward to new album all the same.
    They should totally replace Lars with Vinnie Paul. You know put some metal back into Metallica.
    they should have fired him ages ago.
    He kept it all together. After Cliff died.
    Exactly - he kinda was the guy who kept things together for the band, during, and after Cliffs death - he kinda was the driving force in the band, so without him, classic albums like Master of Puppets, and ...And Justice for All would either sound completely different (for the worse), or basicly never had happened. Yeah, Load, Reload, and especially St. Anger sucked, but I dont see what is so horrible about his drumming on Death Magnetic - problem is that people dont realize that Lars is the true driving force in the band, and I do believe that James said he would probably had quit Metallica long ago, if it wasnt for Lars. For me, all I see when I read comments that demand Lars to leave Metallice, is ignorance...
    I dare say.. I kind of think Metallica has gone abit stale by now. They just don't make anything that really interests me much anymore - But someone else might be interested, so that's fine. However i do agree with all these Metal-kiddies that everything they did after Justice is bad because it's not "Metal" enough. Honestly, The Black Album is one of the best selling albums ever for a reason, and if you can listen to that as a fan of heavy music and honestly dismiss it as a subpar effort, then i dare say there is something wrong with you. Besides, not every band should pull a Slayer. Then it just wouldn't be good. Most bands should change, and many (Including Metallica) have changed for the better (AND for worse, here and there) - and honestly, that gives them their quality, and at the same time, also makes bands like Slayer cool for sticking to their original sound despite most bands changing. Besides, saying Metallica made bad music after The Black Album is weird.. i mean, bloody King Nothing is on Reload, and that is one hell of a song.
    Josh Reubenking
    Can't wait for the new Metallica album. James doing a country album would be kinda interesting but weird. Although he did do the song "Mama Said" which was close to country I suppose.
    Anxious for the new album too. But damn, if its quality is anywhere near as crappy as DM, it doesn't even matter how good the songs are.
    Hearing stuff like this really makes me want to have been born in the 70's even more.
    Many moons ago, no one would make fun of Lars. Now it's the hip thing to do.
    Metallica are kicking arse at the momment they put on one of the best live shows in the world, sure there not crazy drunks banging there heads anymore but they are still rocking (especially live). Also I would be keen for a James Hetfield country record it would be great.
    i believe the best part of this article is that the Orion festival will be in Detroit next year. Booyah!!!!!
    Its funny how many of people on here bitch about Metallica and its almost completely out a jealousy. 90% of the people on UG wish they had half the skills Metallica has.
    Am I the only one who scares this? I Think it would really suck if they'd stop! And I don't know if you realise this but they wouldn't continue without lars!
    how about you walk away from it right now Lars Shitrich?? the respect of the fans by letting a better drummer play for metallica...
    He's welcome to leave when he wants. He's been the weak link in Metallica since Justice.
    Sure Metallica aren't the best metal band in the world, but they are by no means the worst. I think people just excpect too much of them just because they were a pioneer in the genre.
    When a metal band cuts their hair and starts doing covers is usually a sign that the time has passed. When they first came around it was a "kick, take names" mentality. Now its it's "we're here, who's holding the checks?"
    Or they grew up and had bills to pay and families to support, God forbid successful musicians want to make MONEY off of their talents. Enjoy playing basements until you die, because you think thats "integrity."
    Dave Mustaine never cut his hair and he still metal and manages to pay his bills...and alimony...
    Mustaine has proudly remained with the metal look (apart from those stupid white shirts he wears on stage), but metal guys like Lars, Scott Ian, Kerry King, John Bush, Devon Townsend don't have much choice about not having long hair!
    Does anyone ever read the articles or just the HEADLINE? B/c the headline is always misleading.
    I hope that happens if they want it to happen. It's not enough in this lifetime for them to make a mark as significant as Metallica on this earth. Expanding their skills and relaunching a new career at this late of the game can only be a positive and refreshing step, whether they fail or success, doesn't matter.
    Love Metallica, but would love it if Lars left and they got a younger guy in there who can handle the old fast beats. Maybe then we'd get better writing on new albums.