Metallica question their longevity after Glastonbury: 'One of our songs is equal to eight Rolling Stones songs in terms of intensity'

The heavy metal band cannot see themselves performing into their seventies

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Metallica cannot see themselves performing into their seventies like The Rolling Stones because their gigs are so intense.

The US heavy metal group, who headlined Glastonbury Festival on Saturday night, believe that playing one of their songs is “equal to eight Stones songs in terms of physical energy”.

Metallica became the first metal band to top Michael Eavis’ line-up at the weekend but do not think they will be repeating the show ten years down the line.

“I saw the Stones last year in San Francisco and I thought they played f**king great and for a bunch of guys who are 70-plus it was a pretty amazing feat,” guitarist Kirk Hammett told NME.

“Maybe we’ll work out a model that enables us to go for another 20 years but I personally think we have another 10. Maybe that’s one album, maybe that’s two albums, I don’t know.”


Despite the controversy surrounding their Glastonbury booking, Metallica would “love” to return to play Worthy Farm.

Drummer Lars Ulrich said he wants to “soak up every second of this thing” but does know not if the band will be invited back after their “one shot”.

But Eavis seemed impressed with their headlining effort, praising them for putting so much into it, “like their lives depended on it”.

Frontman James Hetfield addressed the outrage surrounding his involvement in a pro-bear hunting documentary by presenting a video clip of a British fox hunt.

A video about a hunted fox saved by bears began Metallica's set

Four bears shot the hunters with rifles as the crowd cheered, before removing their masks to reveal themselves as the Metallica band members.

“This is dedicated not only to the crowd but to all the British heavy metal bands that have been dreaming and still dream of playing this stage here,” Hetfield said on stage.