Lars Ulrich: 'I Don't Think I Want to Do Music Once Metallica Ends'

"Hopefully, it will last forever," the drummer adds.

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Discussing his physical limits for performing in the world's biggest metal band, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich stated that if the group was to end, we would probably quit the music world altogether.

In a fresh interview with Kerrang! magazine, the band was asked about how long they can keep performing before it's time to call it quits.

"It's the physical aspect," guitarist Kirk Hammett replied (via Blabbermouth). "Tendonitis, tinnitus, ligament atrophy, accidents, repetitive stress injury, tennis elbow ... those things creep into the mix.

"It's like, 'F--king hell, man, I want to play guitar, but my shoulder and elbow are screaming 'No!' Your head wants to do one thing and your body wants to do another thing. That's a big obstacle that we'll have to confront in our individual way," he added.

Lars agreed with Kirk's assessment, saying, "The main thing that I truly don't feel that I can really help shape is the physical side of what we do. It's getting tougher and tougher. I don't know how long it can last in terms of the physicality of it - can we do this when we're 60 at this level? At 70?"

Even frontman James Hetfield had to concur, revealing the four-piece's weak spots. "Sometimes my throat just says, 'F--k you, James, not tonight!' Or Lars' shoulder, or Rob's leg cramps, or Kirk's knee, whatever it may be, we've all got our things and we work through it. We just pay attention to them!" he said.

Finally, Ulrich was asked if he could ever see a point where we would step away from 'Tallica. "I feel there's a time I could step away from it. I was very ready to step away from it right there in '01 and '02 when all that shit was going down with 'Some Kind of Monster,'" the sticksman replied. 

"I have thousands of other things that I can entertain myself with that would be creatively stimulating. Obviously, Metallica's my love, my priority and first thing, but I'm not afraid of what I'm going to do with my life if this all goes away. I really don't think I want to do music once Metallica ends. Hopefully, it will last forever," Lars concluded.

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    DickHardwood
    In all fairness, Rob only has leg cramps because he doesn't play actually standing up. If I crouched every night for a couple of hours, I'd be ****ed too.
    dnolan44
    "Once retired, I plan on opening a shop, specializing in custom snare tuning. I'll call it "Saint Lars' Angry Snares"."
    Jimjambanx
    It's kind of weird thinking about it. This band has been around forever, they helped change metal history, the thought that they may not be around in 10 or so years is just weird to me, like it's not supposed to happen. They've been through so much it's like they're invincible and will be around forever, I know we all like to joke about Metallica but really the thought of them retiring seems almost alien.
    jj2465
    One look at Mick Jagger.. and yeah, we're okay now.
    metalme31
    Only, Mick doesn't play metal like Metallica does. He's not playing a million miles an hour.
    cfhdomination
    Neither is Lars. He's simplified his parts so much (even though his old stuff isn't exactly the most technical) that it should be a breeze for him these days.
    finallife6
    You're comparing a singer to drummer, a drummer who while he might not be up to par as his former self, still is drumming for 2 hours a night, its alot easier for singer as they don't have to do stage antics if they don't choose to, hell they could just stand at a mic and not move if they chose to.
    vikkyvik
    Yes, they could, but Mick Jagger isn't standing still for more than one second.
    cfhdomination
    So singing for two hours straight is easy? I guarantee you, singing for two hours straight would kill anyone's vocal chords.
    whitebeaner
    Musty old farts! I can see Metallica making a blues record when they're 70.
    ermonski
    down the road, we're driving by the desert at 60 miles an hour.. YEAHH!!! while the journey down the cactus farm life flashed back to our younger days in the country OOOOH YEAAAAH! YE-YE-YE-YE-YEEEEAH-EAHH-EAHH!!!
    Gee Halen
    The amazing thing is every time I read a Lars interview, I hear his voice in my head, and automatically replace every comma with an "ummm" or "you know".
    e4xplorer
    The cool part about Metallica (just like any musician) is that they live on as long as somebody is still playing listening to their music, still feeling the passion and emotions put into each and every one of their albums. Metallica dies when nobody feels that way anymore, and thats not happening in any of our lifetimes.
    kurtshapedbox
    Couldn't Rob just stop doing his stupid gorilla waltz thing? Seems like a win/win situation for everybody.
    yuyinyu
    WFC? LOL..... If James doesn't make music anymore after Metallica ends, fans would be more disappointed.
    tonello
    James could easily go on as a country or blues singer. I would be perfectly alright with that.
    Abacus11
    I really hope he doesn't do the country thing (the thought of hearing the guy who wrote Master of Puppets moaning about bars and pick up trucks makes me nauseous) but something tells me he will... or at the very least a southern rock/blues rock type of thing.
    tonello
    He's got the voice for it. I think if Tallica called it quits, thats what he would do. Hes always been more of a hard rock guy than a metal guy. He would be the Darius Rucker of metal.
    Abacus11
    It's going to be interesting seeing how well (or not well) the original crop of thrash bands that are still around function later in their careers. Sure, there are plenty of active rock musicians in their 60's, 70's and beyond but they're not playing music that is as physically demanding as thrash metal. The Stones, Aerosmith, etc. are all still plugging along but they're also not playing songs like "Creeping Death" or "Battery" every night of a long tour. Maiden, Priest and Sabbath have all aged pretty well but I guess we'll see about Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, etc.