There’s nothing more heartwarming yet frustrating than a metal band who just won’t let go. On the one hand, getting to catch one of your favorite old-school bands, if only because they’re still touring, reminds us that age is just a number. On the other, watching a band struggle to play some of their classics as fast or tightly as they once did can be a little dispiriting. Now, Cannibal Corpse drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz has weighed in on whether or not he thinks the band will still be here in 30 years — and he’s refreshingly frank about it.
“As long as we’re all healthy, then who knows how long we can take it,” Paul told Laughingmonkeymusic, as transcribed by Blabbermouth. “I wouldn’t have ever thought when I started that I’d still be doing this still at 53 years old. So, how long can we take? You’ve just gotta look at it, at this point, day by day. You never know. If you stay healthy and you keep active and you keep doing it, it’s just gonna come down to that — it’s gonna come down to the health factor. Because everybody knows — the older you get, anything can go wrong at any given time, whether it’s a disease or an injury or whatever that you just go, ‘I can’t do it anymore. No matter how much I practice and how much I do the right thing, it doesn’t matter.’
“So we’ve gotta just take it day by day at this point,” he continued. “There’s no denying — we’re more at the end of our career than we are in the beginning. Can we go another 30 years? Well, I highly doubt it. I would be 83 doing this… That would be incredible [if we could still do it at that age], but I would have to almost think that would slightly be impossible. I guess it’s possible — who knows? We don’t know. Nobody’s done it in that sense in the extreme form.”
Check out the full interview here:
Words by Chris Krovatin