by Alisha Jackson
If it weren’t for future physical limitations, and a pesky little thing called mortality, Lars Ulrich says that Metallica could go on for another 100 years.
The band plans on making music long after their upcoming tour wraps, the drummer has revealed. “The only unknown is the physical element of it,” Lars told Rolling Stone. “If the arms and legs and knees and shoulders and throats and all that stuff, the backs, the necks, if all that stays intact, there’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to do this for a significant amount of time longer.”
Commenting on the Stones’ ability to tour well into their seventies, Lars said “I love the Rolling Stones more than anybody else on this planet,” but he argues that what Metallica does is “slightly more physically demanding in terms of the energy that goes into it.” “Songs like ‘Battery’ or ‘Master of Puppets’ or ‘One’ have this insane physical energy and demand,” Lars explained. “If you can’t play it at the physical demand that it deserves, it’s better to not play it than play it half-assed. That’s the only unknown. I think mentally we could do this for another 100 years.”
As for making records, Lars wants to go out David Bowie style. “I hope we go on making records until the day we fall over,” he said. “That’s what certainly inspires you and gives you a sense of still being in the game. I certainly respect peers of ours that feel different, but feeling we’ve still got something to say is an important part of feeling vital, feeling confident and feeling good about yourself.”