Metallica’s James Hetfield Calls Out KISS, Scorpions Over ‘Farewell’ Tours
The members of Metallica are entering their 50s, and while there’s no immediate threat of the band calling it a career, the topic of how and when to say goodbye is becoming a more common theme in interview questioning. In a new interview with Kerrang, frontman James Hetfield reveals that he knows how he doesn’t want to go out.
Hetfield stated that he’s not a fan of the “farewell tour,” especially when bands reconsider midway through. He explained, “I don’t think that’s fair to anyone. KISS‘ farewell tour for the 10th time? Scorpions were done and then they tour? You can’t say that and then not do it. I don’t know what’s in store for us. I don’t want to go on the history of how other bands have done it. We’re unique in our own path and unique in how our path ends.”
Drummer Lars Ulrich also addressed the idea of the end, adding, “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 s–t was going down with ‘Some Kind of Monster.’ I have thousands of other things that I can entertain myself with that would be creatively stimulating.”
The drummer adds, “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 don’t think I want to do music once Metallica ends. Hopefully, it will last forever.”
As previously stated, there’s no need for too much concern about Metallica’s immediate future as the band is working toward their follow-up to 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’ album.
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