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.