Lars Ulrich was asked by 101 KGB on what keeps Metallica going out on the road and making new music despite being more than set for life in financial terms, to which he replied:
“Why do you pick up a guitar in the first place?
“It gives you a sense of belonging to something. I understand the whole thing – we don’t need to be doing it; you don’t need to do anything, but at the same time, you have one life and if you blink it, you’ll miss it.
“You end up doing what’s kind of in your DNA or whatever. Metallica is the only band I’ve ever been in, Metallica is the only thing I know.
“Obviously, there’s lots of other things – family and other [interests] – but this is what we always come back to.
“And the same thing with The Stones – they’re in their mid-70s and they do it ’cause they love it. We love coming and connecting with people and sharing our time and playing music and doing all that
“And we’ll do it as long as we can.
“In our situation, there may be a physical limit for the shoulders and the necks and all that to give out, and that may be earlier – knock on wood – than some of those other bands that you mentioned. But we’re gonna keep going.”