Metallica’s James Hetfield: ‘We’ll Do This Until We Don’t Want to Do It Anymore’
It’s a banner year for Metallica, who have celebrated landmark anniversaries this year for both the ‘Kill ‘Em All’ and ‘…And Justice for All’ albums. But not ones to rest on their laurels, the group just continue to push forward with new projects. During a recent visit to Singapore, the band took part in a press conference that reflected plenty on keeping that drive alive some 30-odd years into their career.
When asked about how the members have stayed so fit this far into their career, frontman James Hetfield explained, “I earned this silver (scratching his beard scruff). We’ve been paying our dues for a long time.” He went on to add, “To still be doing what we love after 30-plus years is a blessing. We still get to travel the world, see new people and do what we love. There’s nothing better.”
Guitarist Kirk Hammett revealed that a regimen of yoga and surfing has helped him remain in shape for the road, while bassist Robert Trujillo stated that both he and Hammett are surfing better than they ever have in their life. Drummer Lars Ulrich also revealed that the band, who were once famous for requesting bacon at every meal as part of their tour rider, says they now have carrots, vegetables and strained fruit juices to maintain a healthier lifestyle.
As for what the future holds, Hetfield explained, “We’ll do this until we don’t want to do it anymore, it’s as simple as that. There’s no use in doing something your heart is not in. But for us, we love what we do. We’re blessed that way.”