This year, James Hetfield will return to the stage to perform with his band Metallica, but as for what will come next with him and the band, well he left that one an open mystery.

Speaking at the Petersen Automotive Museum during a chat about his “Reclaimed Rust” exhibit, Hetfield also took some Metallica questions, allowing him to open up about where he’s at with the band.

When asked about another studio album, Hetfield responded, “That’s a great question. We don’t know. Right now, I’m sitting in Petersen Museum [laughs], and I don’t know what’s gonna happen next. That’s the beauty of this. We’ll sit down and figure out what works best for us.”

He continued, “Whatever is coming up, we don’t know. And we kind of thrive off of the fear of the unknown — a bit — and being scared just enough to feel alive.”

Metallica cut short their 2019 touring so that Hetfield could enter rehab to deal with his previous addictions. At present, the band will play a March 28 All Within My Hands benefit show in San Francisco. After that, they’ve booked a series of world tour dates.

Watch a compilation of James Hetfield’s heaviest moments below.

Here’s what we wrote upon James Hetfield’s first appearance after rehab:

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In a recently surfaced video accompanied by a brand new photograph of James Hetfield, we can see that post-rehab, the Metallica legend is looking better than ever.

Although the posts and videos are in another language, one thing is clear and readable, #PapaHetfield is back and in amazing health. This is Metallica’s James Hetfield’s first public appearance since first entering rehab in late September of last year.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the legendary frontman would be on-site at the Petersen Automotive Museum, a classic car exhibit which Hetfield had previously donated 10 of his custom cars to, on Jan. 30. Now, photos and videos from the event have surfaced with at least one report from a fan indicating that the frontman was in great spirits and appeared to be doing well.

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