Dan Lilker Explains Nuclear Assault’s Retirement

During a recent appearance on the “That Metal Interview” podcast, Nuclear Assault’s Dan Lilker explained the band’s decision to retire. He says the group have “been trying to hang it up for a while, but people won’t let [them] go.”

Lilker said the following:

“We’ve been trying to hang it up for a while, but people won’t let us go. I know that people wanna see NUCLEAR ASSAULT and everything like that, it’s just that… We’re getting a little old, and — I don’t know — it’s different. I just don’t enjoy touring like I used to. Flying isn’t what it used to be. You get fucked around at airports all the time. And I don’t really have patience. If my flight’s delayed or if [my] bass didn’t make it, for some reason, that shit’s getting old.”

He went on to say that there are other factors that contributed to their decision as well:

“It’s hard to explain, because some of it’s stuff that we don’t really discuss outside the band or anything. But it’s hard now, because John [Connelly], our frontman, he’s a high school teacher. So it’s really hard for him to get away. Obviously, he could get school vacations in the summer, but he’s also got a family. Just because it’s summer and he doesn’t have to teach doesn’t mean he’s gonna run away for a month and not be able to just go do normal vacation shit with his family and everything. So it just gets more complicated like that. He’s been doing that for a while now. So, obviously, he has a teacher’s schedule and he cannot take off from that; they have a very strict vacation thing with the New York education system. So that alone is a big reason that it’s really hard to do it.”

He also added:

“I think we pretty much said we just did the last show. The thing is if I keep saying, ‘Oh, we’ll do this and that,’ in dribs and drabs like that… We really have to fucking draw the line… But we pretty much said we have to just starting saying, ‘That’s gonna be it.’ And if it changes in the future, it does.”

[via Blabbermouth]


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