James Hetfield says there’s ‘no retirement until we physically can’t do it’ for Metallica

Seven years after 'Death Magnetic', however, Metallica won't be rushed on a new album

James Hetfield has suggested that retirement is not on the agenda for Metallica, and also talked about the long-awaited follow-up to 2008 album ‘Death Magnetic’.

Hetfield focused on the challenges of the modern music industry, talking about how the new style of the industry interests him, but also dabbled in discussing retirement and the band’s next album in talking to So What!, the band’s fan club newsletter.

“Look, musicians never retire,” Hetfield said. “They just become less popular. People think you’ve retired, but no, I’m still writing. It’s a part of me. It’s what I do on this planet. That’s why I’ve been put here, I believe. And if I stop that, part of me dies. There’s no retirement. So we do what we do until physically we can’t do it.”

On the changes in the music industry, Hetfield adds:

“As much as we’ve talked about the landscape of the music business not being what it was, I’m excited about the fact that it’s different.”

“That difference used to really scare me, and because things are changing so fast, I’ve started to feel older because I wasn’t keeping up with that pace, found myself sounding like a grandpa! ‘These kids today,’ you know. But what? My way’s better? No. This is just a different way. So I adapt to it as much as I feel comfortable.”

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Hetfield has also explained that the band won’t be rushed into the follow-up to their 2008 album ‘Death Magnetic’.

Kirk Hammett said last month that the new album would “most likely” arrive during 2016, but Hetfield has told So What! that the band are still working through the material, and don’t have a specific time in mind.

“We have a ton of material [for the next album],” he said. “We’re sifting our way through it. We want the best of the best. That’s what we’ve always done, and as long as it takes is as long as it takes. We’re not gonna cater to the consumer now, because we never have.”

“We want the best thing at the right time, whenever that time is right. So to put something out every year just because you need to keep fresh or whatever, that doesn’t work for us. And if we fade away or whatever happens, it happens.”